Top 10 Things to know about transcribing the Spanish Braille code

10. In the Spanish Braille Code print accents will often be omitted over capital letters, you are still required to use proper Braille symbol for the accented letter.

9. In a bilingual text, the English Braille contractions (to) (by) and (into) must not be joined to any foreign letters, words, or word parts.

8. There is no letter sign in the Spanish Braille code, so single letters of the alphabet are not preceded by any sign unless they are italicized or capitalized.

7. In the Spanish Braille Code, hyphens, brackets, quotation marks, periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, and the number sign are the same as in  English Literary Braille.

6. The double capital sign does not exist in the Spanish Braille Code.  You should simply show initial capitals or, if extra emphasis is desired, you may use italics.

5. The italic sign is dots 4-5-6. The double italic sign is dots 4-5-6 twice.

4. The question mark (dots 2-6) and the exclamation mark (dots 2-3-5) should be used both at the beginning and at the end of the question or exclamation respectively.

3. The capital sign in Spanish is a (4-6) 

2.  Each of the 5 accented vowels (accent acute), the double l , the letter ñ, and the letter ü, all have unique Braille symbols.  (see accompanying sheet) 

1. There are no contractions, or short-form words of any kind in the Spanish Braille Code. The Spanish Braille Code is written entirely in un-contracted Braille.


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