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Braille Patterns


The 49th character of the braille script


Invented by Louis Braille, braille cells were arranged in numerical order and assigned to letters of the French alphabet. Most braille alphabets follow this assignment for the 26 letters of the basic Latin alphabet, or for the equivalents of those letters in a non-Latin script.

The first ten braille letters are ⠁⠃⠉⠙⠑⠋⠛⠓⠊⠚, usually assigned to the Latin letters a–j. The next ten repeat that pattern with the addition of a dot at the lower left, the third ten with two dots on the bottom, and the fourth with a dot on the bottom right. The fifth decade is like the first, but shifted downward. Many languages which use braille letters beyond the basic 26 for simple letters in their script follow an approximation of the English values for the additional letters.


  1. (English Braille) A letter rendering the print sequence in
  2. (Igbo Braille)
  3. (Turkish Braille) ı
  4. (Arabic Braille) ـٍ (-in)
  5. (Bharati braille) ī
  6. (Chinese Braille) The rime a
  7. (Chinese Two-Cell Braille) The onset r- or the erhua suffix -r
  8. (Taiwan Braille) The rime wa/-ua
  9. (Cantonese Braille) The rime at
  10. (Vietnamese Braille) tone ◌́
  11. (Thai Braille) tone (1)
  12. (Korean Braille) Final (d)
  13. (IPA Braille) Modifies the following letter; equivalent to small capitals in print IPA
    ⠔⠃ ʙ, ⠔⠛ ɢ, ⠔⠓ ʜ, ⠔⠇ ʟ, ⠔⠝ ɴ, ⠔⠪ ɶ, ⠔⠗ ʀ, ⠔⠼ ʁ, ⠔⠽ ʏ
    ⠔⠚ ɟ, ⠔⠆ ʢ



  1. (English Braille) in

Derived termsEdit


  1. (French Braille) (marks the end of emphasis—italics, bold, underlining, etc.—within a word)
  2. (Spanish Braille) (asterisk or emphasis)
  3. (Czech Braille) (asterisk)
  4. (Chinese Two-Cell Braille) (footnote)

Usage notesEdit

Usage as an asterisk is archaic in French Braille.

See alsoEdit

(Braille script):              










(romaji o)

  1. The hiragana syllable (o) or the katakana syllable (o) in Japanese braille.