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Braille (Basic)

 
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Braille (Basic)
  • Currently 6.28248
6.3Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E6.3%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E6.1%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 20 votes
Last edit: 21.04.2010
Category: Non-Latin
95 downloads95%20downloads957 comments7%20comments779 glyphs79%20glyphs79A favorite of 5 usersA%20favorite%20of%205%20users5The Braille system was developed by Louis Braille in 1821.

Mew Wins' Morse Code Alphabet (International) inspired me to make a Braille FontStruction. I have only drawn the basic, or Grade 1, version of the Braille alphabet here. (There is a contracted version of Braille, known as Grade 2, and another version which uses an 8 dot grid. In addition, there are special Braille characters for accented letters, but they are not all standardized, so for now I have stayed away from them.)

Special characters: There are no capital letters in Braille. Instead, there is a symbol for "capital letter follows," which I have placed in the "at" (@) symbol. The "number follows" symbol is usually placed in the space for the "number" symbol (#), so I've followed that convention.

In addition, I have copied the symbol for each letter into both the upper and lower case spaces, to make it easier to type something up (or select an existing text file) and switch the font to Braille (Basic).The%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FBraille%22%3EBraille%20system%3C%2Fa%3E%20was%20developed%20by%20Louis%20Braille%20in%201821.%3Cbr%3E%3Cbr%3E%0D%0A%0D%0AMew%20Wins%27%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ffontstruct.fontshop.com%2Ffontstructions%2Fshow%2F48411%22%3EMorse%20Code%20Alphabet%20%28International%29%3C%2Fa%3E%20inspired%20me%20to%20make%20a%20Braille%20FontStruction.%20I%20have%20only%20drawn%20the%20basic%2C%20or%20Grade%201%2C%20version%20of%20the%20Braille%20alphabet%20here.%20%28There%20is%20a%20contracted%20version%20of%20Braille%2C%20known%20as%20Grade%202%2C%20and%20another%20version%20which%20uses%20an%208%20dot%20grid.%20In%20addition%2C%20there%20are%20special%20Braille%20characters%20for%20accented%20letters%2C%20but%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pharmabraille.co.uk%2Fbraille-alphabet.html%22%3Ethey%20are%20not%20all%20standardized%3C%2Fa%3E%2C%20so%20for%20now%20I%20have%20stayed%20away%20from%20them.%29%3Cbr%3E%3Cbr%3E%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cstrong%3ESpecial%20characters%3A%3C%2Fstrong%3E%20There%20are%20no%20capital%20letters%20in%20Braille.%20Instead%2C%20there%20is%20a%20symbol%20for%20%22capital%20letter%20follows%2C%22%20which%20I%20have%20placed%20in%20the%20%22at%22%20%28%40%29%20symbol.%20The%20%22number%20follows%22%20symbol%20is%20usually%20placed%20in%20the%20space%20for%20the%20%22number%22%20symbol%20%28%23%29%2C%20so%20I%27ve%20followed%20that%20convention.%0D%0A%0D%0AIn%20addition%2C%20I%20have%20copied%20the%20symbol%20for%20each%20letter%20into%20both%20the%20upper%20and%20lower%20case%20spaces%2C%20to%20make%20it%20easier%20to%20type%20something%20up%20%28or%20select%20an%20existing%20text%20file%29%20and%20switch%20the%20font%20to%20%3Cstrong%3EBraille%20%28Basic%29%3C%2Fstrong%3E.

International Morse Code (Stacked)

 
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International Morse Code (Stacked)
  • Currently 7.13478
7.1Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E7.1%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E7.1%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 12 votes
67 downloads67%20downloads673 comments3%20comments392 glyphs92%20glyphs92A favorite of 3 usersA%20favorite%20of%203%20users3The original Morse code was created for Samuel F.B. Morse's electric telegraph in the early 1840s, but spread to radio communications (and beyond) beginning in the 1890s. (It is now known as American Morse code, and rarely used.) International Morse code was created by Friedrich Clemens Gerke in 1848, and standardized at the International Telegraphy congress (Paris) in 1865.

Other current Morse Code FontStructions have encountered word- and letter-spacing issues, and I tried to work around this by stacking the dots and dashes vertically. The result reminds me a bit of Mayan numerals, but hey, as long as it still reads as Morse... I wonder what the ITU would say about this? One thing's for sure... it saves a lot of horizontal space.

In each character, the dots and dashes read from top to bottom rather than from left to right. Punctuation has the longest series of dots and dashes in International Morse Code (six), so this number determined my cap height. :-) The shorter  characters all hang from this imaginary line.

Missing characters: Please note that the !, & and $ symbols are not defined within the ITU recommendations for International Morse code, so they are not part of this typeface. On the other hand, the @ symbol was approved for use in 2004, so I've also included the underscore sign I found at two different online sources. (The underscore symbol has not been formally approved by the ITU, but it could come in handy if you have to transmit an e-mail address using Morse code!)

Other characters: As with my two Braille FontStructions, the uppercase and lowercase versions of each character are the same. Also, the opening and closing parentheses share the same symbol, which will also show up if you type brackets instead of parentheses. Last but not least, there are a very few diacritics included (the ones I was able to verify).The%20original%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FMorse_code%22%3E%3Cstrong%3EMorse%20code%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E%20was%20created%20for%20Samuel%20F.B.%20Morse%27s%20electric%20telegraph%20in%20the%20early%201840s%2C%20but%20spread%20to%20radio%20communications%20%28and%20beyond%29%20beginning%20in%20the%201890s.%20%28It%20is%20now%20known%20as%20American%20Morse%20code%2C%20and%20rarely%20used.%29%20%3Cstrong%3EInternational%20Morse%20code%3C%2Fstrong%3E%20was%20created%20by%20Friedrich%20Clemens%20Gerke%20in%201848%2C%20and%20standardized%20at%20the%20International%20Telegraphy%20congress%20%28Paris%29%20in%201865.%3Cbr%3E%3Cbr%3E%0D%0A%0D%0AOther%20current%20Morse%20Code%20FontStructions%20have%20encountered%20word-%20and%20letter-spacing%20issues%2C%20and%20I%20tried%20to%20work%20around%20this%20by%20stacking%20the%20dots%20and%20dashes%20vertically.%20The%20result%20reminds%20me%20a%20bit%20of%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FMaya_numerals%22%3EMayan%20numerals%3C%2Fa%3E%2C%20but%20hey%2C%20as%20long%20as%20it%20still%20reads%20as%20Morse...%20I%20wonder%20what%20the%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FInternational_Telecommunication_Union%22%3EITU%3C%2Fa%3E%20would%20say%20about%20this%3F%20One%20thing%27s%20for%20sure...%20it%20saves%20a%20lot%20of%20horizontal%20space.%3Cbr%3E%3Cbr%3E%0D%0A%0D%0AIn%20each%20character%2C%20the%20dots%20and%20dashes%20read%20from%20top%20to%20bottom%20rather%20than%20from%20left%20to%20right.%20Punctuation%20has%20the%20longest%20series%20of%20dots%20and%20dashes%20in%20International%20Morse%20Code%20%28six%29%2C%20so%20this%20number%20determined%20my%20cap%20height.%20%3A-%29%20The%20shorter%20%20characters%20all%20hang%20from%20this%20imaginary%20line.%3Cbr%3E%3Cbr%3E%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cstrong%3EMissing%20characters%3A%3C%2Fstrong%3E%20Please%20note%20that%20the%20%3Cstrong%3E%21%3C%2Fstrong%3E%2C%20%3Cstrong%3E%26%3C%2Fstrong%3E%20and%20%3Cstrong%3E%24%3C%2Fstrong%3E%20symbols%20are%20not%20defined%20within%20the%20ITU%20recommendations%20for%20International%20Morse%20code%2C%20so%20they%20are%20not%20part%20of%20this%20typeface.%20On%20the%20other%20hand%2C%20the%20%3Cstrong%3E%40%3C%2Fstrong%3E%20symbol%20was%20approved%20for%20use%20in%202004%2C%20so%20I%27ve%20also%20included%20the%20underscore%20sign%20I%20found%20at%20two%20different%20online%20sources.%20%28The%20underscore%20symbol%20has%20not%20been%20formally%20approved%20by%20the%20ITU%2C%20but%20it%20could%20come%20in%20handy%20if%20you%20have%20to%20transmit%20an%20e-mail%20address%20using%20Morse%20code%21%29%3Cbr%3E%3Cbr%3E%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cstrong%3EOther%20characters%3A%3C%2Fstrong%3E%20As%20with%20my%20two%20Braille%20FontStructions%2C%20the%20uppercase%20and%20lowercase%20versions%20of%20each%20character%20are%20the%20same.%20Also%2C%20the%20opening%20and%20closing%20parentheses%20share%20the%20same%20symbol%2C%20which%20will%20also%20show%20up%20if%20you%20type%20brackets%20instead%20of%20parentheses.%20Last%20but%20not%20least%2C%20there%20are%20a%20very%20few%20diacritics%20included%20%28the%20ones%20I%20was%20able%20to%20verify%29.

Braille (Basic) Alternate

 
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Braille (Basic) Alternate
  • Currently 6.63284
6.6Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E6.6%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E6.5%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 18 votes
Last edit: 21.04.2010
Category: Non-Latin
70 downloads70%20downloads7079 glyphs79%20glyphs79A favorite of 2 usersA%20favorite%20of%202%20users2Clone of Braille (Basic). I swapped the hollow circles for small dots.

Special characters: There are no capital letters in Braille. Instead, there is a symbol for "capital letter follows," which I have placed in the "at" (@) symbol. The "number follows" symbol is usually placed in the space for the "number" symbol (#), so I've followed that convention. In addition, I have copied the symbol for each letter into both the upper and lower case spaces, to make it easier to type something up (or select an existing text file) and switch the font to Braille (Basic) Alternate.
Clone%20of%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ffontstruct.fontshop.com%2Ffontstructions%2Fshow%2F55908%22%3EBraille%20%28Basic%29%3C%2Fa%3E.%20I%20swapped%20the%20hollow%20circles%20for%20small%20dots.%3Cbr%3E%3Cbr%3E%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cstrong%3ESpecial%20characters%3A%3C%2Fstrong%3E%20There%20are%20no%20capital%20letters%20in%20Braille.%20Instead%2C%20there%20is%20a%20symbol%20for%20%22capital%20letter%20follows%2C%22%20which%20I%20have%20placed%20in%20the%20%22at%22%20%28%40%29%20symbol.%20The%20%22number%20follows%22%20symbol%20is%20usually%20placed%20in%20the%20space%20for%20the%20%22number%22%20symbol%20%28%23%29%2C%20so%20I%27ve%20followed%20that%20convention.%20In%20addition%2C%20I%20have%20copied%20the%20symbol%20for%20each%20letter%20into%20both%20the%20upper%20and%20lower%20case%20spaces%2C%20to%20make%20it%20easier%20to%20type%20something%20up%20%28or%20select%20an%20existing%20text%20file%29%20and%20switch%20the%20font%20to%20%3Cstrong%3EBraille%20%28Basic%29%20Alternate%3C%2Fstrong%3E.%0D%0A

Ribbon Inline

 
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Ribbon Inline
  • Currently 7.3203
7.3Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E7.3%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E7.3%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 25 votes
Last edit: 21.04.2010
Category: Display
357 downloads357%20downloads35712 comments12%20comments1294 glyphs94%20glyphs94A favorite of 3 usersA%20favorite%20of%203%20users3This one began as a few doodles in my sketchbook. I've adapted them to FontStruct. It's an all-caps typeface, but A, K, V, W, X, and Z have alternate glyphs in the lowercase keys.

UPDATE: I've tried adding punctuation, but the double lines tend to make things tricky in this regard! Still working on it.This%20one%20began%20as%20a%20few%20doodles%20in%20my%20sketchbook.%20I%27ve%20adapted%20them%20to%20FontStruct.%20It%27s%20an%20all-caps%20typeface%2C%20but%20A%2C%20K%2C%20V%2C%20W%2C%20X%2C%20and%20Z%20have%20alternate%20glyphs%20in%20the%20lowercase%20keys.%3Cbr%3E%3Cbr%3E%0D%0A%0D%0AUPDATE%3A%20I%27ve%20tried%20adding%20punctuation%2C%20but%20the%20double%20lines%20tend%20to%20make%20things%20tricky%20in%20this%20regard%21%20Still%20working%20on%20it.

Ribbon

 
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Ribbon
  • Currently 6.22795
6.2Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E6.2%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E6.0%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 17 votes
Last edit: 21.04.2010
Category: Display
140 downloads140%20downloads1408 comments8%20comments894 glyphs94%20glyphs94A favorite of 10 usersA%20favorite%20of%2010%20users10Clone of Ribbon Inline. It's an all-caps typeface, but A, B, R, V, and W have alternate glyphs in the lowercase keys.Clone%20of%20Ribbon%20Inline.%20It%27s%20an%20all-caps%20typeface%2C%20but%20A%2C%20B%2C%20R%2C%20V%2C%20and%20W%20have%20alternate%20glyphs%20in%20the%20lowercase%20keys.

BriteLite

 
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BriteLite
  • Currently 6.37163
6.4Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E6.4%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E6.0%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 9 votes
Last edit: 21.04.2010
Category: Display
115 downloads115%20downloads1158 comments8%20comments8129 glyphs129%20glyphs129A favorite of 5 usersA%20favorite%20of%205%20users5More fun with vintage technology (a.k.a. Lite-Brite).
This version has complete upper case, lower case, and numerals, plus basic punctuation.More%20fun%20with%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FLite-Brite%22%3Evintage%20technology%3C%2Fa%3E%20%28a.k.a.%20Lite-Brite%29.%0D%0AThis%20version%20has%20complete%20upper%20case%2C%20lower%20case%2C%20and%20numerals%2C%20plus%20basic%20punctuation.

BriteLite Caps

 
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BriteLite Caps
  • Currently 5.81337
5.8Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E5.8%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E5.2%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 9 votes
Last edit: 21.04.2010
Category: Display
103 downloads103%20downloads1031 comments1%20comments192 glyphs92%20glyphs92A favorite of 4 usersA%20favorite%20of%204%20users4Clone of BriteLite, which was inspired by Lite-Brite. Caps only, to keep things simple -- no pesky ascenders or descenders!Clone%20of%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ffontstruct.fontshop.com%2Ffontstructions%2Fshow%2F73152%22%3EBriteLite%3C%2Fa%3E%2C%20which%20was%20inspired%20by%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FLite-Brite%22%3ELite-Brite%3C%2Fa%3E.%20Caps%20only%2C%20to%20keep%20things%20simple%20--%20no%20pesky%20ascenders%20or%20descenders%21

Strata Blocks 2.0

 
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Strata Blocks 2.0
  • Currently 5.77902
5.8Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E5.8%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E5.4%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 16 votes
Last edit: 20.04.2010
Category: Display
120 downloads120%20downloads120164 glyphs164%20glyphs164A favorite of 6 usersA%20favorite%20of%206%20users6Clone of Strata Blocks -- and, I'm hoping, an improvement of same. I used the advanced controls to reduce the brick dimensions to 0.85 in both directions, eliminating the continuous band of black that formed at the top of Strata Blocks 1.0.Clone%20of%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ffontstruct.fontshop.com%2Ffontstructions%2Fshow%2F215%22%3EStrata%20Blocks%3C%2Fa%3E%20--%20and%2C%20I%27m%20hoping%2C%20an%20improvement%20of%20same.%20I%20used%20the%20advanced%20controls%20to%20reduce%20the%20brick%20dimensions%20to%200.85%20in%20both%20directions%2C%20eliminating%20the%20continuous%20band%20of%20black%20that%20formed%20at%20the%20top%20of%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ffontstruct.fontshop.com%2Ffontstructions%2Fshow%2F215%22%3EStrata%20Blocks%201.0%3C%2Fa%3E.

TapeWriter

 
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TapeWriter
  • Currently 7.73917
7.7Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E7.7%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E7.8%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 21 votes
Last edit: 20.04.2010
Category: Display
228 downloads228%20downloads22891 glyphs91%20glyphs91A favorite of 12 usersA%20favorite%20of%2012%20users12Partly inspired by those DYMO LabelWriters that were ubiquitous in the 1970s... This is not yet complete; I still have to add lots of punctuation. Diacritics might be coming, too... Stay tuned.Partly%20inspired%20by%20those%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FDymo%22%3EDYMO%20LabelWriters%3C%2Fa%3E%20that%20were%20ubiquitous%20in%20the%201970s...%20This%20is%20not%20yet%20complete%3B%20I%20still%20have%20to%20add%20lots%20of%20punctuation.%20Diacritics%20might%20be%20coming%2C%20too...%20Stay%20tuned.

Blob

 
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Blob
  • Currently 5.7515
5.8Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E5.8%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E5.4%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 18 votes
Last edit: 20.04.2010
Tags: Block, Fat, Rounded
Category: Display
129 downloads129%20downloads1292 comments2%20comments2120 glyphs120%20glyphs120A favorite of 3 usersA%20favorite%20of%203%20users3My take on a blocky, rounded face. Completed upper case and numerals: April 11, 2008. Completed lower case: April 13, 2008. Still in progress.My%20take%20on%20a%20blocky%2C%20rounded%20face.%20Completed%20upper%20case%20and%20numerals%3A%20April%2011%2C%202008.%20Completed%20lower%20case%3A%20April%2013%2C%202008.%20Still%20in%20progress.

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