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Braille, Stroke and Character Width Templates  Use these templates to be sure that the fonts and braille spacing you are choosing are compliant with the standards and codes.


Inspectors can use the templates to check characters and braille spacing of signs that have already been installed, providing that the character sizes are 5/8 inch, 3/4 inch, or 1 inch in height.


Package Includes: Transparent overlay measurement templates, keychain CA-braille tester & instruction leaflet. Combo package includes Federal & California overlays, CA tester & instructon leaflet.

Here are some helpful aids to designing and inspecting signs for ADA compliance.

Design and Inspection Aids

California Braille Font:  This font is a True Type font that will work with either PC or Mac. The various styles should allow you to create larger dots for display, or various sizes of smaller dots so you can etch photopolymer or metal and achieve a rounded profile, or drill holes to insert rasters. You may not be able to see the drilling font, because the dots are so small!


This font is mandated in California, has always been legal throughout the country, and will now produce braille spaced to comply with the 2010 ADA.

Contracted (“Grade II”) Braille “Cheat-Sheet”: Excel spread sheet with 200 common sign terms translated into Contracted Braille, as both federal and California standards require. The spread sheet has three columns:  The terms arranged in alphabetical order; the key-strokes necessary to create the correctly translated braille; the Contracted Braille translation. Our translations were all checked by a certified transcriber at the Lighthouse in San Francisco.


This list should enable a sign company that is just starting to sell ADA signs to create correct signs, until they can afford to purchase one of the well-known braille translation programs available. It will also enable inspectors to spot check installed braille signs for correctness, should they wish to do so. If the signs you choose to inspect are correct, you can probably rely on the fact that the sign company is well informed, and is using a reputable braille translation program. Any errors should be few and far between, and merely akin to normal “typos” as may be found in any large project involving lots of text. Those signs can be sent back for correction.

CALIFORNIA TEMPLATES: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 25.00

To order direct fill out the contact form for Joan McLane

or call her at (562) 423-6600 Ext 106 to order by phone

FEDERAL TEMPLATES:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 25.00

COMBO TEMPLATE PACKAGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 45.00