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The Research and Production team at ReadHowYouWant has invested considerable time and energy to developing systems for creating Braille files that are:

  • Accurate
  • Low cost
  • Available quickly, and in most cases at the same time as the materials are published
  • Adequately contracted, so that it has an acceptable length

The process is done in three stages:

  • Checking is done prior to Braille conversion – the text is checked to make sure it is accurate. The XML file is also checked to ensure it is accurately marked up into XML.
  • The text is converted to Braille.
  • The Braille is formatted.

ReadHowYouWant is developing a house style for Braille that can support automated transcription while maintaining accuracy.

About Braille

Braille Samples

US Literary Format

US Text Format


These books are transcribed using the Carnegie Mellon Dictionary, and only the words found in it are contracted. Therefore any place names, foreign words, proper names, company names, and trademarks not in this dictionary are not contracted. Words which are not in the dictionary and could be pronounced differently in different countries are not contracted either. Words in the Braille text are not split across lines at line ends because this makes reading more difficult, it may exclude newer Braille readers and the benefits in terms of page reduction are minimal. A book which is originally in British English will not be edited into American English so it will be Brailled as it is in print.

In the print edition, if any word has been hyphenated at the end of a line for typesetting reasons, we will remove the hyphens in any of these words. If a joined contraction occurs across a page break, it will be put on the following page e.g. if "to" is on one page and "the" is on the next--the contracted "to" will be attached to "the" on the next page. If words are capitalized in the beginning of a chapter or section, we have purposely left the words capitalized because we have located some instances where it could be misleading to present these words in lower case. Making the decision will require manual intervention which will be expensive, and may require knowledge of the content that the editor may not have. The dividing of a book into volumes is being done automatically. The process works but the place chosen to start the next volume can be improved and will be addressed in a later version of the software.

Note: ReadHowYouWant Data conversion and Braille production system only support text based fiction and non-fiction books. Complex books like Subject books and Mathematical books are not supported by our system.