Tamil Braille

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Tamil Braille
Tamil braille sample.png
Parent systems
Print basis
Tamil alphabet

Tamil Braille is the smallest of the Bharati braille alphabets.[1] (For the general system and for punctuation, see that article.)


Vowel letters are used rather than diacritics, and they occur after consonants in their spoken order.

ISO a ā i ī u ū e ē ai o ō au
Braille ⠁ (braille pattern dots-1) ⠜ (braille pattern dots-345) ⠊ (braille pattern dots-24) ⠔ (braille pattern dots-35) ⠥ (braille pattern dots-136) ⠳ (braille pattern dots-1256) ⠢ (braille pattern dots-26) ⠑ (braille pattern dots-15) ⠌ (braille pattern dots-34) ⠭ (braille pattern dots-1346) ⠕ (braille pattern dots-135) ⠪ (braille pattern dots-246)
ISO k c j ñ t n p m
Braille ⠅ (braille pattern dots-13) ⠬ (braille pattern dots-346) ⠉ (braille pattern dots-14) ⠚ (braille pattern dots-245) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠾ (braille pattern dots-23456) ⠼ (braille pattern dots-3456) ⠞ (braille pattern dots-2345) ⠝ (braille pattern dots-1345) ⠏ (braille pattern dots-1234) ⠍ (braille pattern dots-134)
Print க்ஷ
ISO y r l v ś s h kṣ
Braille ⠽ (braille pattern dots-13456) ⠗ (braille pattern dots-1235) ⠇ (braille pattern dots-123) ⠸ (braille pattern dots-456) ⠧ (braille pattern dots-1236) ⠩ (braille pattern dots-146) ⠯ (braille pattern dots-12346) ⠎ (braille pattern dots-234) ⠓ (braille pattern dots-125) ⠟ (braille pattern dots-12345) ⠻ (braille pattern dots-12456) ⠷ (braille pattern dots-12356) ⠰ (braille pattern dots-56)

The last two letters, and , are shared with Malayalam, but otherwise is used for the anusvara (nasalization) in other Bharati alphabets, while is only used in Urdu, for the unrelated letter ʻayn.


Diacritic த் [2]
Virama Visarga
Braille ⠈ (braille pattern dots-4) ⠠ (braille pattern dots-6)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ UNESCO (2013) World Braille Usage, 3rd edition.
  2. ^ Shown on the letter க ka