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Unified English Braille Code

This poll is intended for blind or partially blind people, but I have made provisions for the sighted to have relevant options for them as well.

Poll #1159724 The Unified English Braille Code

What do you know about the Unified English Braille Code?

I have been studying the proposed new code quite thoroughly.
I have heard about the new code but haven't really made any effort to look at it.
I have heard of the new code, but couldn't be bothered to look at it.
I am blind or partially blind, but not a braille reader, so this doesn't affect me.
I am not blind, so this doesn't affect me.

So what do you think of the idea?

I am strongly in favor of it, and will tell you why in a comment.
I am strongly in favor of the idea.
I kind of like the new code, and will tell you why in a comment.
I kind of like the new code.
I don't have an opinion one way or another because I can't see this new code making much of a difference.
I mildly oppose the new code and will tell you why in a comment.
I mildly oppose the new code.
I strongly oppose the new code and will tell you why in a comment.
I strongly oppose the new code.
I am not in a position to have an opinion one way or the other.

There has been a lot of apathy among blind people about the new code. what do you think about this apathy?

It speaks badly of blind people who can't be bothered to take an interest in changes sighted people are trying to make to their system of writing.
It's understandable because blind people have more important things to worry about than what will happen to their system of writing.
It shows that, by and large, blind people support the new code. Apathy equals support.

What do you think about braile as a writing medium?

It is clunky and outdated.
It is the difference between literacy and illiteracy.
It had its place, but what do we really need it for now?
It was a bad idea from the beginning.
Oh give me a break, I really don't want to take an interest.
I am not a braille reader due to physical limitations, so this doesn't apply to me.
I am not blind, but I see braille as being the difference between literacy and illiteracy.
I am not blind, and therefore couldn't be bothered with any of this.
I am not blind and simply don't feel qualified to offer an opinion.

What kind of peanut butter do you prefer?

Whichever, I like them both
Whichever is cheapest


Why I Oppose the UEB

  1. It does not serve to unify anyone. All the other codes are still in use, we've just added another one.
  2. The new code makes a shambles out of mathematics. Complex math is ten times clumsier under the new system than under the existing one.
  3. The prevailing opinion among those pushing for the new code is that apathy among blind people in terms of expressing an opinion equals support for the idea.
  4. In a world where it is already difficult to sell people on the idea of braille, asking them to learn a new code will surely spell the end.
  5. It has become less about improving braille, and more about the pride and egos of those who are pushing this new code, mostly sighted, and want to leave a legacy.

Edited at 2008-03-24 07:53 pm (UTC)


I think that some of the apathy is due to the lack of understanding in technical issues... Regarding my own opinions, I think that people tend to think that using multiple braille codes is hard when often it is only hard if it is taught in a way that makes it hard. (I have learned braille Hebrew, Nemeth, and music as well as English, French, and Spanish. I think that unifying the English braille code would create confusion for readers who need to do technical work, especially when working with older braille materials. No one is going to re-produce those materials in UEBC.

code thoughts

Once again, a question used radio buttons that should have had check boxes.
I very strongly feel both that braille is the difference between literacy and illiteracy, yet I also feel the code is cluncky, and need to be updated to the times.
I think the main reason I don't care about the code is that the basic units of writing will be uneffected. If it turned out the symbol for the letter t was going to be replaced by the letter Q, the letter w would become a two-character symbol, and the "the" contraction was going to disappear, I'd probably care a lot more, but from my understanding, most of grade one and two will be uneffected.
If you ever dedicate one of your radio shows to this topic, let me know.
It couldn't hurt if someone wrote a brief article for the ACB newsletter setting out the changes that would effect the average reader most greatly.

Re: code thoughts

You will be losing many of your contractions if the UEB takes effect. In addition, gone will be the days when you could join any words together, such as and, for, the, with, and of, or to, into and by. Dots 46 as a decimal point are gone, the 256 period sign will be used exclusively. All use of lower-cell numbers, be it math or computer code, will be dropped and the upper-cell numbers used exclusively. A sample volume was done using both Nemeth and UEB, and the UEB volume was one-third larger. That's quite substantial. The way you would indicate capitalization in blocks of capitalized words would change. These are some of the basics.