This post is for everyone who cares about spelling and grammar. Still reading? Ok let's do this. Additionally, due to the rules of the universe, this post will contain one or more spelling and/or grammar errors. Please point them out to me in the comments.
Do you always capitalize the word "braille"?
No. Braille is not a language, it is a way of preparing information, the same as printing, writing, or shorthand. You wouldn't (shouldn't) capitalize the word "print" in the middle of a sentence. "I Printed the directions", or "I'm Printing the picture".
Why do I see it capitalized most of the time?
If the word "braille" is referring to Louis Braille, then it should be capitalized. Also, many organizations (such as this one) have the word "braille" as part of their name, and therefore it is capitalized. The Microsoft Word program believes it should be capitalized as well, which is yet another reason I dislike spellcheck programs. Braille is somewhat unusual, and some people do think it is a different language, so it seems like it should be capitalized.
Why are you writing a blog post about this?
Grammar and spelling are awesome, first of all. Secondly, since I am a transcriptionist, I care if something should be capitalized or not. If I want my customers to trust me to prepare documents correctly, I need to care about details like this. I don't want someone to read "braille" on my brochures or website, and think it should be capitalized, and therefore that I am not careful enough to be a competent transcriptionist.
This concludes the English lesson for today.
I'm the owner of Family First Braille, the author of this blog, and the editor of Family First Braille Magazine.