When setting Braille on Pharmaceutical artwork the objective is to comply with the Marburg Medium braille font standard. The instructions below will help you achieve the Marburg Medium Braille font standard on pharmaceutical packaging artwork with PharmaBraille fonts.
Setting a Braille font on Pharmaceutical Carton Artwork
What sets our braille font sets apart from other braille fonts is that they have been designed to the Marburg Medium Braille Font Standard. So, with your new fonts all you have to do to comply with the Marburg Medium Braille font standard is set the font with a font size of 10mm and leading (line spacing) of 10mm (100%). Most graphics programs will translate this into a point size of 28.3465pt and leading (line spacing) of 28.3465pt—some will not—please confirm the sizing is correct on your artwork. Of course it is easier to type and remember 10mm. To ensure that the horizontal spacing is correct check that there is no extra tracking or word spacing set and the text is left aligned.
Please check your artwork carefully to ensure that the braille font is sized and spaced correctly. Confirm that it matches the spacing guidelines above.
To understand how to conform with the Marburg Medium Braille font specification and to best position Braille characters on your pharmaceutical artwork please refer to Procedures for Pharmaceutical Braille.
The European Braille Guidance area contains information on European Pharmaceutical Braille.
Special Braille Font Characters and Symbols
When indicating numbers the number sign proceeds the number symbols to differentiate them from letter symbols A to J.
The number symbol is the #, or (ALT + 3) on a Mac. See example below.
The letter symbol is ~
The symbol to represent capital letters is ^ (SHIFT + 6). Note: There is no capitalisation in Braille text on folding cartons.
Great Britain and the United States are two of the few places in the world that use a period to indicate the decimal place. Many other countries use a comma instead. The decimal separator is also called the radix character. Likewise, while the U.K. and U.S. use a comma to separate groups of thousands, many other countries use a period instead, and some countries separate thousands groups with a space. In ink print, thousand separators and decimal places may be either “.” or “,” depending on the country, but in Braille they are usually as shown above. However please confirm with the relevant country Braille authority that the correct Braille character is being used.
The thousands separator is * (SHIFT + 8).
The decimal point in UK Braille is the same as a comma (,).
Please see the Braille Alphabet for more information.
Note:While every care has been taken to check the accuracy of the Braille symbols we cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information. Please confirm Braille character sets with the relevant local Braille authority. The International Blindness Agencies Directory can help to identify Braille organisations for each country.