Slips of the Dot

An Initial Analysis of Errors in Writing Braille

Sheri Wells-Jensen
Sean M. Burke
Jason Wells-Jensen

Since the early 1930s, Braille has served as the official orthographic system for blind readers in the United States. It rapidly gained popularity and is now used, in one form or another, to write over fifty languages.

Although the processes involved in reading Braille have been studied to some extent over the last few decades, the physical and cognitive processes of writing Braille have received very little attention from psycholinguists. This paper is a report on the beginnings of a study of writing in Braille utilizing a corpus of 'slips of the dot', or errors made when writing Braille. Kinds of errors made are contrasted with those in speech, typing and hand writing. A method for collecting and categorizing these unique errors will be discussed. The purpose of developing this taxonomy is to isolate factors which influence accuracy in writing Braille.

Factors which seem to contribute to "braillos" include

The paper concludes with a discussion of plans for future expansion of the project.

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