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The Braille plugin provides a number of Braille-related services to WordPress
websites and the Anthologize WordPress plugin.

Short code

A braille short code is available for translating English text into
Braille. For example:

[braille]Text to be translated into Braille.[/braille]

Depending on how the plugin is configured, this will place either UTF-8
SimBraille in the page, or the ASCII sequences used when embossing on paper.

Page Part Translation

Primarily designed for testing, different parts of a site may automatically
be translated into Braille.

Depending on how the plugin is configured, this will place either UTF-8
SimBraille in the page, or the ASCII sequences used when embossing on paper.

Integration with Anthologize

The Braille plugin provides a Braille output type for the Anthologize
. You may select BRL or SimBraille output.
BRL is suitable for embossing. SimBraille produces an HTML file with UTF-8
encoded glyphs representing the embossed form of the characters suitable for
display in a visual interface.

**N.B.: This plugin requires
LibLouis installed on the same
system as the WordPress site or access to a remote service providing
LibLouis functionality. A free and public Amazon machine image is available
with the necessary software installed and configured.


The plugin uses LibLouis to
translate English text into Braille. You either need LibLouis installed on
the same machine as your WordPress installation or access to a remote
LibLouis service such as the one provided by the
example remote LibLouis service.

  1. Go to Plugins screen and find the Braille plugin in the list OR select
    the Braille Plugin from the list of available Settings (see the first

  2. Click on the plugin to go to the configuration screen.

  3. Select “Local” or “Remote” LibLouis.

    1. If “Local” LibLouis, place the full path of the executable in the text
      box (e.g., /usr/local/bin).

    2. If “Remote” LibLouis, place the full URL of the JSON service in the
      appropriate text box (e.g., if using the example remote-liblouis service
      mentioned above, use the braille.json endpoint). [Information is
      available on using a free and public Amazon machine image to provide the
      remote LibLouis service.](
      / See the second screenshot for where the
      remote service URL is configured.

  4. Select the appropriate options for which parts of the website should be
    translated to Braille. If you are using this plugin to provide Braille
    translation for Anthologize, you do not need to select anything here.


  • This screenshot shows where to find the plugin settings page.

  • This screenshot shows how to configure the Braille plugin to make use of a remote LibLouis translation service. The actual IP address or hostname will depend on where the service is hosted.


Automatic Plugin Installation

To add this plugin using the built-in plugin installer:

  1. Go to Plugins > Add New.

  2. Under Search, type in “Braille”.

  3. Select the plugin from the list offered.

  4. Select Install Now to install the plugin.

  5. A popup window will ask you to confirm you wish to install the plugin.

  6. Select Proceed to continue with the installation.

  7. If successful, click Activate Plugin to activate it, or Return to
    Plugin Installer
    for further actions.

Manual Installation

To install this plugin manually:

  1. Download the plugin archive to your desktop.

  2. Extract the plugin folder to your desktop.

  3. Read through the “readme” file to ensure you follow the installation

  4. Upload the plugin folder to the wp-content/plugins folder in your
    WordPress directory.

  5. Go to Plugins screen and find the newly uploaded plugin in the list.

  6. Select Activate Plugin to activate it.


Does this plugin convert post text to Braille?

If the plugin is configured to do so, the content of blog posts, pages, and
other parts of the site will be translated into Braille without requiring the
use of the short code. Otherwise, the plugin will only provide Braille
translation of text enclosed in the braille short code.

Braille translation requires that one of the local or remote LibLouis settings
be configured properly. Without the LibLouis program, the plugin can not
provide Braille translations.

How can I get access to a Braille translation service?

If you are not comfortable installing or running the example LibLouis remote
if you aren’t able to install the LibLouis
on the same
server as your WordPress site, you can [use a publicly available Amazon
machine image]( to create your own remote LibLouis service.


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Contributors & Developers

“braille” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


Translate “braille” into your language.

Interested in development?

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  • Security and performance improvements to admin panel
  • Improved compatibility with recent versions of WordPress


  • Documentation improvements.


  • Clarify the documentation.

  • Add link to documentation about the Amazon machine image for the LibLouis
    translation service.


  • Fix reference to PHP library for local LibLouis installation use.


  • Add note about LibLouis requirement to readme.

  • Use WordPress API for interacting with remote services when the API is

  • Use better plugin detection method to detect Anthologize.

  • Sanitize plugin configuration settings.


  • First upload of this WordPress plugin.