Bharati Braille Quiz
(Akshara to Dots-Malayalam)
Welcome to the Braille quiz. This quiz is aimed at
checking your understanding of the cell assignments
for different characters. We have assumed that you have
gone through the tutorial pages
discussing the principles
of standard Braille applicable to English. There is also
a reverse quiz
in which a given dot pattern will
have to be identified as a specific letter or a text
In this quiz, you will be asked to mark the dots for the character
that will be presented to you. This character will
be one of 63 different strings which include the letters
of the alphabet, punctuation and frequently used letter
combinations. By "string" we mean the text representation
corresponding to a braille cell. Reference to the text strings
is given in the tutorial mentioned above.
The Braille Cell with six dots will be shown as checkboxes and you
can use your mouse to check a box. A checked box may also
When you submit your answer, a results page will be displayed
indicating the correctness of your answer. Another character
will also be presented. The characters are chosen at random
and will not appear in any predictable order. It is possible
that you might see a character repeated occasionally.
Given below is an input facility to specify a Braille Cell, i.e., mark
one or more dots within the six dot cell. The cell is displayed
using six checkboxes arranged in three rows of two boxes each.
The mouse can be used to check a box. The TAB key on the keyboard
may also be used to locate a box and the checking done with
the space bar.
See if you can identify the dots corresponding to the akshara
shown above. Checking a box is equivalent to marking a dot.
You can uncheck a checked box as well and so correct errors in
checking the boxes.
Please note that many cells
(Braille codes specified in terms of dots) stand for not just one
akshara but also a punctuation symbol.
Bharati Braille was proposed as early as 1951. At that time, the
possibility of linking the cells to phonetic sounds was considered
and there were different opinions on the ordering of the cells
in line with the Aksharas of the Indian languages.
Ultimately, the scheme based on the assignments in English Braille
was accepted. Since there are as many as 55-60 Aksharas to be dealt
with, strict adherence to the English Braille codes is ruled out.
Yet, an effective compromise has been achieved by assigning the
aksharas to cells on the basis of the transliterated forms of the
Aksharas. Consequently, it will not be easy to think of cell
assignments in terms of the seven groups (lines) discussed in the
tutorial. Learning Bharati Braille requires one to remember
individual cell assignments for many Aksharas.