UEB Rules §7.2.4

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    Michelle Barney



    The question submitted asked for a discussion regarding the use of the dash and long dash. Specifically, UEB Rules §7.2.4 where it states to use a long dash “only when print uses a short and long dash.” This has led to some confusion whether “print” refers to the entire book or the specific sentence. Our understanding is that “print” refers to the specific sentence and we are hoping for confirmation.


    Hi Michelle,

    While the rules do not explicitly enumerate whether print refers to an entire book or a specific paragraph or sentence, what it does say is that it is used when print uses both a short and a long dash.

    It is my interpretation and understanding that use of the long dash only occurs when print uses both a short and a long dash in that particular instance (to show the distinction between both). The long dash in print is generally shown as a standard dash in braille. The braille reader just needs to know that when there are two dashes shown in print of differing sizes, there is a difference between the two.  Hope this helps!

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