The Fakoo alphabet was developed from 2006 to 2008 and beyond by Alexander Fakoó as script for the blind, which can also be read by the sighted. This should enable an improved exchange of information between blind and sighted people. Inscriptions of all kinds can be read by sighted and blind people without any problems, as the characters have been adapted to the Latin letters and therefore have a high recognition value.
The basis is a grid of 3 x 3 dots and a blank space from one dot to the next character. Basically, all Fakoo characters can be displayed or defined by two Braille characters next to each other. Being 3 dots high, the Fakoo Alphabet can be used with any blind writing technique. At Fakoo, special emphasis was placed on easy legibility!
Although the number of dots has been reduced to 9, all Latin letters, numerals, punctuation marks, special characters and other characters have been unmistakably defined. Many mathematical and logistical special characters were also clearly defined. In contrast to other 3x3 point fonts, Fakoo placed particular value on the correct overall visual impression of the font. The full scope can be found on the website https://fakoo.de/en/fakoo/set
Additional auxiliary lines increase the visual readability of Fakoo enormously for sighted people. With this variant, called Fakoo-plus, you can print out inscriptions with a normal printer and then add raised glue, beads or hardening drops to the indicated Fakoo dots. This creates a font that can also be read by the blind.
The Fakoo writing was minted in 2009 on a $5 coin of Republic of Palau.
Download an alphabet chart for Fakoo (Excel - includes other scripts by Alexander Fakoó)
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Further information about Fakoo
Braille for Chinese, Braille for English, Braille for Latin & Greek, Braille for Welsh, Moon, Fakoo, Quadoo, Siekoo
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