This is a sample of a new method for interlining and displaying braille that I call DotlessBraille. It uses special symbols, color coding, and font scaling so that the print matches up with the braille.
These samples were developed by hand using an art program. However, this method is too inefficient and error-prone. I think it would be possible to produce such material automatically if there is any interest in it. Please send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A key characteristic of braille is that it requires the reader to consider context to determine meaning, e.g. means bed but means 254 in literary braille. A corresponding DotlessBraille display like #254, which makes it unnecessary to consider context, is thus missing an, if not the, essential aspect of braille and should not be considered as equivalent to braille.
This page was first posted January 07, 2002 and last modified February, 2002.