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Definition of Braille

Rules of Braille
  1. Punctuation Signs
  2. Special Composition Signs
  3. Format
  4. Asterisk, Footnotes, References
  5. Accent Sign, Diphthongs, Foreign Languages
  6. Abbreviations
  7. Numbers and Roman Numerals
  8. Coinage, Weights, and Other Special Symbols
  9. Poetry, Scansion, and Stress
  10. General Use of Contractions
  11. One-cell whole-word contractions
  12. One-cell part-word contractions
  13. Lower Signs
  14. Initial-letter contractions
  15. Final-letter contractions
  16. Short-form words

  • Index
    Typical and Problem Words

  • Index
    BRL Courses
  • Intro to Braille
  • Braille Transcribers
  • Specialized Codes

  •   8.  Plays and Other Dramatic Materials: (See also Code of Braille Textbook Formats and Techniques, most recent edition.) These should be reproduced in the following form:

       a.  Stage Directions:

        (1)  Italics should be omitted for all stage directions, settings, etc., and the braille parentheses should be substituted for all brackets found in the print copy.

        (2)  Stage settings of scenes should be written in paragraph form.

        (3)  Stage directions for coming on and off stage, including runovers, should be indented four spaces.

       b. Characters:

        (1)  Omit italics in names of characters introducing dialogue, but include them where they appear in dialogue for voice emphasis. Use only the single capital sign before all names of characters.

        (2)  The names of all characters should begin at the margin, and all runovers of dialogue should be indented two spaces. Never center names of characters.

        (3)  The name of each character should be followed by a period, and the dialogue should begin on the same line.

      c.  Each act, as well as the list of characters, etc., should always begin a new page.

      d.  Poetry:  Where plays are printed in poetic form, begin the first line of dialogue on the same line with the name of the speaker, after the period. All other lines of poetry should be indented two spaces, and all runovers should be indented four spaces, to preserve the poetic form. Stage directions for coming on and off stage, including runovers, should be indented six spaces.