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Hello Braillist,
We've got two great Braillists meetings coming up (including testing new Braille technology in Dublin tomorrow!), news of our first London Braillists meeting and a whole lot of other Braille related info.

Upcoming Braillists meetings

Dublin Braillists - Thursday 2nd February (tomorrow!), 3pm to 5pm, NCBI - Testing Canute Mk11 Prototype

Join us at the NCBI offices in Drumcondra, Dublin to get your hands on the latest Canute multi-line Braille ebook reader prototype from Bristol Braille. We'll be hearing about new developments in the hardware and software, as well as discussing the progress of school and home field testing, as they gear up for manufacture.
If you'd like to attend or for further information please contact Stuart Lawler (

Reading Braillists - Saturday 25th February, 12pm to 2pm, Quaker Meeting House - Braille Transcription 101

An opportunity to get a look behind the scenes in the world of Braille transcription as we are joined by two professional transcribers from the educational and commercial sectors. We will hear about the processes they go through, the perils and pitfalls, and why Braille letters and textbooks turn out the way they do.
Please contact Jen Bottom ( if you'd like to attend or require further information, or see the forum post.

Recent Braillists meetings

London Braillists - Friday 20th January - Inaugural meeting and Canute M11 demonstration

The first meeting in London was a great success thanks to Laurent who organised it and all those that attended. Ed Rogers presented the Canute prototype, Dave Williams chaired a discussion on the role and activities of the Braillists organisation and there was further conversations on other Braille topics. You can find the minutes of the meeting on the forum where you will also find a discussion on home testing of the Canute prototype in the London area. Please join the forum if you would like to be kept up to date with or participate in the group's development - see below for details.


Alistair Parks has produced a nice set of blog posts about the Braille and tactile enriched carved wood panels he created with advice from the Bristol Braillists. You will find links and additional information on our project page.

Braillist Jackie Brown has published a book comparing braille displays. You can find it on her website

Our forum is buzzing with talk about new low-cost Braille readers - including Orbit Reader 20 (APH, USA expect release this spring, price still TBC) and BrailleMe. See this forum thread for more details and to join the discussion.

There are plenty of other interesting Braille related conversations going on on the forum including:  

Joining the forum

The forum is where our online conversations happen, continuing the advancement and understanding of Braille when we can't be in a room together. A great range of topics are discussed, meetings arranged, advice sought and information gleaned. So we encourage you to join. It can be read and replied to online through our website but better still it can be delivered directly to your inbox where you can simply reply as you would any other email. It's fairly low volume (generally a maximum of 2 to 4 emails a day) but there are settings to moderate the amount of emails you get from it - from every email, to a "digest" of emails (a day's worth bundled together), to no emails at all (good if you want to read online and occasionally reply).

So join us and be part of the conversation... or sit on the sidelines and take in what is going on passively. The easiest way to join is to send a blank email to You can find out more on the forum page of our website.
Don't forget you can find all our contact details on our website and connect with us on Twitter @Braillists.

We hope all is well with you and look forward to meeting at a Braillists' event very soon.

Best regards,

The Braillists Team

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