Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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1. Introduction of Braille in the Arab world

Physically, Braille is a “universally accepted system of writing used by and for blind persons and consisting of a code of 63 characters, each made up of one to six raised dots arranged in a six-position matrix or cell” (Encyclopedia Britannica II, 465). Content-wise, Arabic is a six-dot tactile copy of its schwarzschrift (normal ink print). The system is divided into the alphabet a…

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Mohamed El-Sharkawy, “Braille”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 26 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0047>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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