What's the word for "writing in braille"? Since braille is not written per se since we don't use a pen to "write in braille"? What's the verb we use to mean "writing in braille"?

For example:

Robert finished ___ braille and gave the book for his blind friend to read.

  • It certainly is possible to write by hand in Braille. There is a kit with a frame and stylus available, such as this one. The stylus is used to make tactile impressions, as opposed to a visible impression such as on wax. Commented Jun 2, 2019 at 21:54
  • "{Braille} is traditionally written with embossed paper." - You write in braille by embossing. That's the word for it, but that's not what you say.
    – Mazura
    Commented May 31, 2020 at 9:28

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You can still use to write even if no pen(cil) is involved. We still say that an author "writes a book" even though most manuscripts are digital these days. So

Robert finished writing braille and gave the book for his blind friend to read.

is perfectly normal even if Robert is using a braille printer to produce the book.

  • I'm not sure if I'd say "writing Braille" or "writing in Braille" in that sentence. The Ngram shows both are in use.
    – J.R.
    Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 11:17

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