Typing accented characters using Braille Display keyboard

Braille on Apple Products

Hi all,

Let me start by clarifying, I use English as the primary language on my iPhone simply because my mother toung "Afrikaans" is not available.

However, this is where the issues come into play. Obviously you do not communicate in your secondary language with people that speak your language, and Afrikaans uses a lot of accented characters, which is necessary for fluid communication. How would you go about typing characters such as e circumflex, u umlaut, o circumflex, etc. on a Braille Display keyboard? I know how to do this on macOS ore bluetooth keyboard on iOS, but carying phone, keyboard and display is a pain.

Any help would be much appreciated.



Submitted by Brian Tew on Friday, September 15, 2017

which display and in what setup? You need to read your manual?
The proceedures using voiceover can be different from just within the braille display.

Submitted by Brandt on Friday, September 15, 2017

In reply to by Brian Tew

Dear Brian,

I am using a Braille Sense ON Hand with iOS 11 GM Set to South African English, with Voiceover set to US English Braille. I can do this using UEB, but I really dislike the system. I prefer using 8 dot braille for input, since I write quite a few symbols on a regular basis that takes up 2 or more character spaces in contracted Braille.

The accented Afrikaans characters such as ê takes up 3 characters in UEB, where it takes up 2 in regular Afrikaans contracted and uncontracted Braille.

As you can see, 3 spaces on a Braille display with 18 sells for one character is excessive and wasteful.

Submitted by tunmi13 on Friday, September 15, 2017

Hear you go. Hope this helps. smiles
U.S. English accent: dot six, two three six. Dot six is not included with two three six, you do dot six and then two three six.
Computer braille is just dot four sually, but sometimes it may not be. I'll check and update you on that.
UEB accent: dot four six, and then one six. Again, separate, do the four six first, then one six.

Submitted by Brandt on Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hi again,

Afrikaans uses the accents both Grave and acute, very rarely. we use the circumflex and umlaut more regularly, for example, sê say, hê want to have, beïnfloed influince, môre morning, etc. I know how to do this in UEB, but I hate the system, thus, if I can help it, I'd rather stick to British or US pre-UEB Braille.