my thoughts on braile screen input on IOS8

iOS and iPadOS

Hello: I'd like to give some thoughts on Braille screen input for IOS8.
firstly, I'd like to commend Apple on a wonder job for making this a global way of typing for us.
I personally wasn't ever able to get any of the other braille input applications for IOS to function good for me.
I sat down last night and told myself that sense fleksy isn't working well currently,, I need a much faster way to input text reliably.
I decided to really sit down and check out this new
braille input method..
Now for my thoughts on it.
I really like it!
I honestly can say i didn't expect much from it but was pleasantly surprised to find that it was pretty useful both using 6-dot or uncontracted braille, and grade 2 braille. or contracted braille. one problem I see is that it seems to be as the old portrait and landscape modes used to switch before we had the ability to lock the orientation, seems to switch rather easily, so I think it would be nice to have a setting to lock it in a piticular mode.
Over all, I do like its ease of use however and it seems to be pretty responsive accept for it not telling you what character your typing when using contracted braille.
Hats off to apple for putting this into a already useful IOS update!



Submitted by sockhopsinger on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I have found that sometimes the braille keyboard will not respond to anything you do when you first engage it and (at least for me), turn it to Away mode. I find Away Mode much easier to type with than Tabletop Mode. A lot of times I have to switch it back and forth several times between the two modes before I get any voice feedback. It seems to be much more problematic with Grade 2 braille than uncontracted. Also, it seems to work much less reliably for me with the Alex voice engaged. Just my thoughts. I, for one, hope that the developers of MBraille will continue to update their app. Frankly, I think that Apple should have gone through them for their braille keyboard as many of the bugs would probably have already been worked out. Cheers.

Submitted by Lielle ben simon on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hello to all!
I try to typ braille on my iphone5s.
I can to write lettar and simbals, but i can not to typ the number sine.
I know that i need to typ in dots 3456, but wen i do this, i get the lettar in hebrew yod.
I think that have there manny bugs in this subject.
I am happy to here aboute your expiryens and to know that has happend all so for otters.

Submitted by dvdmth on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Club AppleVis Member

The braille screen input feature, in my opinion, is very nicely done for a 1.0 release. I spent some time over the last couple of days typing with it, and I had better luck than I expected, since I haven't done anything in braille for several years.

I currently can't use the contracted mode because of the typing feedback issue, but in uncontracted mode the feature works very well. I like being able to calibrate the dot positions to my liking, and I have tried out several different positions to find what I was most comfortable with. On an iPad Air, I have best results with tabletop mode, with the iPad sitting on a desk, and with the dots in a V pattern.

It is necessary to have Zoom turned off, or else dot combinations like 123 won't work properly. I also occasionally had an issue with deleting characters, where the iPad thinks I'm inserting a new symbol instead of deleting, but I think that's because I'm not performing the left swipe long enough.

A number of people have reported issues with inserting spaces, but I found that I can insert spaces reliably if I make sure the finger swipe is straight horizontal, not at an angle. If there is an angle, even a slight one, that seems to confuse the OS into not recognizing the gesture. Maybe they can update the system to be more tolerant in the swipe direction.

On the iPad, there is an eight-dot mode available. I like being able to use Nemeth-style numbers in this mode, making entering usernames and passwords easier, but I have problems doing anything with the extra two dots, perhaps because my pinky fingers are too weak. I even had trouble calibrating the dot positions in this mode since you have to tap all dots simultaneously to do this. I understand the eight-dot mode is not available on the iPhone or iPod Touch, supposedly because of limitations in the smaller touch screen.

I think I will like the braille screen input mode on the iPad, at least until they fix the Bluetooth keyboard issues.

Submitted by FlorinG on Sunday, December 28, 2014

I have a problem with typing e-mail addresses using direct braille input. When using the English keyboard, I can't find the code for underscore or for et characters (_ and @).
Does anyone know where to find a complete list of codes for English and for Romanian keyboards? One simple solution would be to switch from Braille to normal keyboard and find the characters there, but maybe there are codes that I do not know.

Submitted by Maria Reyes on Friday, August 28, 2015

Is your iOS device in UEB? Unified English braille? if it is then you do dots 4 6 then dots 3 6. for an underscore