Why Hable uses 6-dot braille
As Hable’s communities grow and more and more users experience the new keyboard for the first time, we have received many product ideas for adding 8-dot braille to the Hable One. Hable listens to its users and after many discussions, we thought of highlighting the advantages of using 6-dot braille on the Hable, followed by the disadvantages of using 6-dot braille.
Advantages of 6-point braille:
- It is a simpler system to learn and use.
- It is the most widely used braille system in the world.
- Once you know how to write, you can read more quickly than 8-dot braille.
Disadvantages of 6-point braille:
- It has limitations in representing certain characters and symbols. Instead of forming those symbols in one go, you would have to memorise and use a combination of dots often one after the other.
- It can be more difficult to read complex or technical materials.
- It requires more abbreviations and contractions to fit all the necessary information into the limited space.
We agree that 8-dot braille is a more efficient way of typing braille and once the beginners get going, they would ultimately switch to 8-dot braille. However, for new uses of braille who are looking for easier ways to start learning braille, Hable is a good option to consider.