A bunch of holes, punched into a piece of paper – what is it?
As it was once done, braille still can be written with the slate and stylus, a piece of metal or plastic with lines of the six cells that make up braille.
A piece of paper is slipped inside the slate, lined up, so the stylus can
holes in the appropriate spots to make all the individual braille letter combinations.
I know it sounds confusing and complicated to people upon hearing this, but it is how I’ve known to read and write since I was a child.
Handy when writing postcards when traveling, though they are less common than when I was younger.
It makes that simple thump thump thump sound as I press the stylus into the correct spot in the small six dot space, which lets me know I am right where I mean to be. One centimetre off and the letter I meant to write has a wrong dot in it.
Though I no longer use the slate and stylus method, as I prefer the speed of Perkins brailers or, nowadays, my electronic/Bluetooth braille display.
Sure, technology truly is amazing and has made literacy for the blind more efficient, but without the basic yet brilliant invention of braille to begin with, the world would be without the beauty of braille for all these years.