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Braille
The only big difference I've seen is in colors. Where the regular text reads 'press red button', the braille reads 'press two-inch button'.
Title text: The only big difference I've seen is in colors. Where the regular text reads 'press red button', the braille reads 'press two-inch button'.

[edit] Explanation

Braille is a writing system for the blind and visually impaired using bumps on a paper, slate, etc. However, since most sighted people cannot read braille, and because braille messages may need to convey purely-visual information to blind people, the text may be adjusted from its actual, intended message.

The title text shows the real difference between braille and the common written explanations using just a simple text. The visually impaired cannot see color.

[edit] Transcript

I learned to read braille a while back, and I've noticed that the messages on signs don't always match the regular text.
[There is a sign which reads: Third Floor Office with braille print underneath. Cueball is reading the braille.]
Cueball: S-i-g-h-t-e-d-P-e-o-p-l-e-S-u-c-k ... Hey!
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Discussion

Don't know braille enough to sight-read (I know, but I certainly can't touch-read it, so I have to go on the visuals), but when I work out the cipher, each time, sometimes the 'translation' is revealed to be interesting, but more often than not there's a braille-enabled sign that doesn't seem to make sense in the first place. Mainly ones where the effort of finding the sign is probably a bigger handicap than dealing with what the sign says. "Push" on a 'next stop' button on a bus, that to me would seem obviously such a button if you make tactile contact with it in the first place (although the driver usually liaises with anyone with that sort of difficulty, anyway). "If you need any assistance, please ask" tacked down onto a reception desk, where any receptionist that is there would surely notice the blind person looking feeling around for such a 'handy' notice and so should intervene straight off the bat.

But the one that always gets me is the one that labels a WC's external light-switch. No other switches are labelled, around that area (nor anything else, save for the WC sign, high up on the door, surely difficult to examine or even imagine you should try to find to examine), and I can barely justify that sign by the possibility that a person might have bad sight in low light and have learnt braille to compensate, for which this is useful. But I just can't get past the thought that every reasonably sighted person and every 'reasonably blinded' person would have no use at all for the braille component, one way or another.

I stand to be corrected by anyone who knows better, of course. 178.98.31.27 20:32, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

Hope I'm not typing where I shouldn't be #noob but it would make more sense if cueball read "s-i-g-h-t-(ed) p-e-o-p-l-e s-u-c-k" 173.245.50.88 04:34, 29 January 2014 (UTC)noob
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