An exciting courier delivery this morning – two copies of the spring PitWR braille edition. One copy is uncontracted braille – this is where braille represents every word letter for letter, just like print. The other copy is contracted braille where common letter formations or words are represented by one braille character, ( e.g. “and” ,“th”.)
When someone is learning braille they’ll use uncontracted braille. Once they’ve learnt the basics they’ll learn contracted braille. We decided to offer the booklets in both contracted and uncontracted, so new learners as well as experienced readers can access the poems. After running my fingers over hundreds of small raised dots I’ve got nothing but admiration for braille readers.