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Braille Formats: Principles of Print-to-Braille Transcription Available from BANA

BANA Braille Formats title page
The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) is pleased to announce that Braille Formats: Principles of Print-to-Braille Transcription, 2016 is now available on the BANA website as printable PDF files and 40-cell BRF files. Both the PDF and the BRF are downloadable at
This revision of Braille Formats aligns BANA’s braille formatting guidelines with Unified English Braille (UEB). BANA is providing this pre-publication release while the enhanced PDF and the HTML versions are being completed. Hard copy print and braille with be produced and sold by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) at a later date. 
BANA is grateful to its Braille Formats Committee for their diligent work in making this revision a reality. We especially thank Cindi Laurent, Committee Chair, and Clovernook’s Saul Garza, Board Liaison to the committee, for their tireless work and dedication.
The Board of BANA consists of appointed representatives from sixteen member organizations of braille producers, transcribers, teachers, and consumers. For more information, visit
Contact: Jennifer Dunnam, Chair
Braille Authority of North America