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Bruce, Caroline

More on the Unified English Braille Code

Blind people really need to take a shot at informing themselves about the Unified English Braille Code. There is so much misinformation floating around. I'm hearing things like, "Oh, as long as we don't lose any of our contractions", or "as long as it doesn't make braille bulkier". I've got news for you, people, with the UEB, we *do* lose contractions, it *does* make braille bulkier. If you do any mathematics at all, say goodbye to Nemeth code and any numbers in the lower part of the cell; if you do any stuff in computer braille code, say goodbye to those lower-part-of-the-cell numbers and so on as well. Say goodbye to the way you're used to doing blocks of capitalized or italicized words. If this is what blind people really want, fine, I was wrong, and I'll accept the wishes of the majority. But at the moment we have a bunch of egos in high places, many sighted, equating apathy among blind people with acceptance of UEB. If it gets rammed down our throats due to apathy, I suppose we have only ourselves to blame. But I've been fighting this for close to fifteen years now. I've been insulted, called uninformed, threatened, labeled as anti-braille, and more. And out of any ten people I ask about UEBC, I mean ten braille readers, eight will tell me they've never heard of UEBC, the ninth has heard of it but never looked at it, and of the remaining ten percent who have looked at it, those in favor tend to belong to the organizations that are pushing UEB. I'm willing to accept UEBC if that's what the people want. But I'm not willing to accept it simply because they didn't care and let it be shoved down our throats. I care.


where can I get a straightforward list of the changes in the UEBC?
I've been trying to learn about it but can't seem to find straightforward information.


Is UEBC even still being debated? I remember hearing a bunch about it some ten years ago here in the States, but it seems that people were pretty outraged about it back then and it was tabled. Is it resurfacing?


It is still very much being debated. The debate has quieted down *for the moment* in the States, but the UEB is not dead. It's sleeping temporarily in the States and very much alive in the rest of the English-speaking world.


Thanks. Your post prompted me to look up some links. I'll post them in my LJ as a public entry... Perhaps I can entice people to add their own country's links...
It's difficult to find a concise resource like you're suggesting, due largely to the fact that it's not a simple issue. Also, a truly unbiased take on it is hard to find. The pro-UEB people will highlight the minor changes in minimize the major, and vice versa. For a pro-UEB look, try a book from NBP, I can't think of its name. There's a good article outlining my position at http://www.dotlessbraille.org/uebc.htm


I just posted a bunch of links. I'm still hunting some of the really old ones.
From everything I've seen about this, you're preaching to the choir, at least as far as I'm concerned. this thing needs stopping in it's tracks. I showed Mark some of what I heard and he agrees with me, a lot of this is nuts.