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Skip to 0 minutes and 0 secondsDANIEL POELL: Hello. My name is Daniel Poell. Today I would like to demonstrate to you an alternative input method for the blind which is provided by the iPhone. The Braille input method allows me to type in text using Braille dot patterns, which I can just type on the screen. This is a very fast and efficient way of typing in text.

Skip to 0 minutes and 21 secondsMOBILE PHONE VOICE: Braille screen input. Landscape. Screen in Braille mode. Six H- E-L-L-O, space, M-Y space, N-A, M-E, space, I-S, space, D-A-N-I-E-B, period. Period, B. L, period, space. Dots two, three, four-- dots two, three, four, five, six. T-Y-P-I-N-G, space. I-N, Space. B-H-A-- A-H-- R-A-I-L-L-E, space, I-S, space, M-U-C-H, space-- much-- F-U-N, period. Fun. Portrait.

Skip to 1 minute and 4 secondsDANIEL POELL: As you have seen, this is a very efficient way of typing in text.

Braille Input

As you probably know already, there are some blind people who are able to read Braille. Usually you see them tracking across pages of small raised dots embossed on thick paper or using a refreshable Braille display.

But did you know that some mobile phones have a built in Braille keyboard? As you will see from the video, the speaker can type in Braille using his mobile device.

He also highlights the fact that this method is faster then typing on the classic on-screen keyboard offered by all operating systems.

Have you ever found other onscreen keyboard apps to increase the speed of your messaging or text entry skills? Or do you use other methods, such as speech recognition or a bluetooth or wireless keyboard?


© This video is created by Johannes Kepler University Linz and licensed under CC-BY BY 4.0 International Licence. Erasmus + MOOCs for Accessibility Partnership.

© This text is a derivative of a work created by Johannes Kepler Universität Linz and Technische Universität Dresden, and licensed under CC-BY BY 4.0 International Licence adapted and used by the University of Southampton. Erasmus + MOOCs for Accessibility Partnership.

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Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society

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