English Braille American Edition Literary Code

Important Note: The literary code English Braille American Edition (EBAE) is no longer an offical code in the United States. It was replaced by Unified English Braille (UEB) in January 2016. It is provided here for reference puposes only.

Two of the major rulesets that govern the transcription of braille include the "literary" and "textbook" codes. The literary braille code set forth in English Braille, American Edition defines braille, spells out rules for the use of contractions and composition signs, and provides directions for simple format work used in the transcription of general materials.

The textbook code laid out in Braille Formats: Print to Braille Production applies to the transcription of more complex materials--particularly textbooks and other instructional materials. Both braille codes have evolved separately, allowing needless differences to be codified into each document. BANA has charged the Literary and Formats Committees to bring these two codes into conformity. Both technical committees are in the midst of working on these major revisions.

Literary Code

The Literary Code is available for purchase in hardcopy print and braille from the American Printing House for the Blind, or it can be downloaded from the links below.

Hardcopy

English Braille, American Edition, 1994; Revised 2002.
APH; Braille: 5-35932-00; Print: 7-35932-00

Download

English Braille, American Edition (PDF version)
English Braille, American Edition (BRF version)

Updates

Literary 2007 Code Update

English Braille American Edition 2007 update (PDF Version)
English Braille American Edition 2007 update corrected edition of December 15, 2007 (PDF Version)

English Braille American Edition 2007 update (BRF Version)
English Braille American Edition 2007 upcate corrected edition of December 15, 2007 (BRF Version)

Addendum

Addendum to English Braille American Edition - Sections Deleted (PDF Version)
Addendum to English Braille American Edition - Sections Deleted (BRF Version)