Using your keyboard

To complete the UEB Online course you need a computer and access to the internet. The Program works on Mac and PC platforms and all web browsers, however, the program will not work on a tablet device e.g. iPad.

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 key to move to the next line, and the backspace or delete key to correct errors. The diagram below illustrates which keyboard buttons refer to braille dots 1-6.


Keyboard finger placement

The images below show a computer keyboard and the buttons you will be using, and the positioning of the hands and fingers. 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. View the video demonstration of how to enter braille on the video resources page.

keyboard hand placement