Using your keyboard

To replicate using a braille machine, this course uses six keys on the computer keyboard to present the six dots of the braille cell. These keys are s, d, f, j, k, l. You will also use the space bar to enter spaces between words, the return or enter key to move to the next line, and the backspace or delete key to correct errors.

The keys correspond to the braille dots as follow:

F key, dot 1

D key, dot 2

S key, dot 3

J key, dot 4

K key, dot 5

L key, dot 6

Keyboard finger placement

The left hand index finger will use letter F for dot 1 of the braille cell, with 2nd and 3rd fingers of the left hand using letters D and S for dots 2 and 3. The right hand index finger will use letter J for dot 4, with 2nd and 3rd fingers of the right hand using letters K and L for dots 5 and 6.

The 6 keys will be pressed in different combinations to produce the braille letters, contractions and punctuation required to complete all lessons in this course. It is possible to press multiple keys at the same time. For example, to enter the cell dots 1 2 and 4 5 you would press the f, d, j and k keys together.

Keyboard Test

In some cases there are technical limitations on keyboards which prevent them buffering multiple key strokes, preventing the pressing of 6 simultaneous keys which is required for 6 key Braille entry. To ensure that your keyboard setup will work there is a keyboard test which is run when you first login to the course. This must be completed before you can start the first lesson. The test consists of pressing all 6 keys simultaneously a sequence of 10 times.

If your keyboard does not work then we suggest that you try a different keyboard. If this still does not work then please contact us.