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The Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics is a Braille code for encoding mathematical and scientific notation linearly using standard six-dot Braille cells for tactile reading by the visually impaired. The code was developed by Abraham Nemeth. The Nemeth Code was first written up in 1952. It was revised in 1956, 1965, and 1972,[1] and beginning in 1992 was integrated into Unified English Braille. It is an example of a compact human-readable markup language.

Nemeth Braille
Type
Alphabet Braille code for encoding mathematical and scientific notation linearly
LanguagesSeveral
CreatorAbraham Nemeth
Time period
1952 to the present

Nemeth Braille is just one code used to write mathematics in braille. There are many systems in use around the world.[2]

Principles of the Nemeth CodeEdit

The Nemeth Code Book (1972) opens with the following words:

This Braille Code for Mathematics and Science Notation has been prepared to provide a system of symbols which will allow technical literature to be presented and read in braille. The Code is intended to convey as accurate an impression as is possible to the braille reader of the corresponding printed text, and this is one of its principal features. When the braille reader has a clear conception of the corresponding printed text, the area of communication between himself and his teacher, his colleagues, his associates, and the world at large is greatly broadened. A test of the accuracy with which the Code conveys information from the print to the braille text is to effect a transcription in the reverse direction. The amount of agreement between the original printed text and one transcribed from the braille is a measure of the Code's accuracy.

— [3]

One consequence is that the braille transcriber does not need to know the underlying mathematics. The braille transcriber needs to identify the inkprint symbols and know how to render them in Nemeth Code braille. For example, if the same math symbol might have two different meanings, this would not matter; both instances would be brailled the same. This is in contrast to the International Braille Music Code, where the braille depends on the meaning of the inkprint music. Thus a knowledge of music is required to produce braille music.

Table of Nemeth braille codesEdit

General SignsEdit

Symbol * ,
Braille         

[4]

Number SignsEdit

Symbol Number prefix . / , (decimal) , / . (separator) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Braille                          

[3]

OperatorsEdit

Symbol + - × · ÷ . (decimal) i√ (radical index)
Braille                  
Symbol inner √ (1st) inner √ (2nd) end 1st √ end 2nd √ long division / !
Braille                  

[4]

Parentheses and BracketsEdit

Symbol ( ) [ ] { }
Braille                

[4]

FractionsEdit

Symbol simple complex hypercomplex fraction in mixed number
open line close open line close open line close open line close
Braille                                    

[4]

Other modifiersEdit

Symbol
Braille                

[4]

Symbol ° %
Braille               

[4]

Braille indicatorsEdit

Symbol Punctuation Superscript Subscript Baseline Omission Cancel (close) Cancel (open) Run Over Directly Over Directly Under Beginning Termination
Braille                        

[4]

Comparison SignsEdit

Symbol > <
Braille                

[4]

Symbol
Braille            

[4]

Symbol >< <> >=< <=>
Braille               

[4]

Symbol = ±
Braille                             

[4]

GeometryEdit

Symbol Parallel Perpendicular Angle Right angle
Braille               

[4]

Symbol Arc down Arc up Trapezoid Square Rectangle Parallelogram
Braille                  

[4]

Symbol Rhombus Isosceles trapezoid Triangle Right triangle Circle Ellipse
Braille                     

[4]

ArrowsEdit

Symbol
Braille                

[4]

Symbol
Braille                 

[4]

Trig functionsEdit

Function Sine Cosine Tangent
Braille            

[4]

Function Secant Cosecant Cotangent Logarithm
Braille                

[4]

Set TheoryEdit

Symbol { }
Braille                     

[4]

Symbol
Braille                  

[4]

Misc. signsEdit

Symbol
Braille                     

[4]

Symbol Intersecting lines @ Ditto Tally mark +- -+
Braille                   

[4]

Symbol | | | (modulus) . dot
Braille                

[4]

PolygonsEdit

Symbol Pentagon Hexagon Heptagon Octagon Nonagon  -agon
Braille                  + (Nemeth Braille of  )


[4]

TrianglesEdit

Symbol Acute Right Isosceles Obtuse Scalene
Braille                              

[4]

Other signsEdit

Symbol Acute angle Right angle Obtuse angle Hexagon star §
Braille                             

[4]

Symbol ref. indicator <i> <b> letter sign composite function |det| matrix
Braille                    

[4]

Greek letters and Latin lettersEdit

Greek and Latin letters are based on the assignments of International Greek Braille.

Symbol small Latin letters capital Latin letters small Greek letters capital Greek letters
Braille (Braile of the letter)   + (Braile of the letter)   + (Braile of the letter)    + (Braile of the letter)

[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The History of Nemeth Code". Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  2. ^ "Braille Mathematical Notations". 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  3. ^ a b "The Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics and Science Notation 1972 Revision" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "Nemeth Braille (Mathematics Braille)". Archived from the original on 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2012-04-25.

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