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International Council on English Braille (ICEB)


Updated (2013) Edition of the UEB Rulebook Published

In November 2013, the UEB Rulebook was updated; see UEB Project Information.

United States adopts UEB

On November 2, 2012, the Braille Authority of North America voted to adopt UEB for the USA; see the BANA Website for details of the announcement. All the member nations of ICEB have now officially adopted Unified English Braille.

Transcript of Debate on Numbers

A transcript of the "Second Debate on Numbers" has been extracted from the UEB project archives. It details the process by which Committee II reached the decision to use the traditional "upper" representation for numbers during its deliberations on the subject from November 1993 to January 1994.

5th ICEB General Assembly

The 5th ICEB General Assembly was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 6 to 10 May 2012, with enthusiastic participation by all the member countries. (See resolutions below.)

Purpose and General Organization of the ICEB

The purpose of the International Council on English Braille is to coordinate and improve standards for braille usage for all English-speaking users of braille. The members of the ICEB are the various countries where English is spoken (and membership is open to all such countries); representatives to ICEB are named by the accepted authorities that set braille standards within those countries. The present membership includes:

The ICEB General Assembly meets every four years. The next one is to be announced. Previous General Assemblies have been held in South Africa (2012), Australia (2008), Canada (2004), the USA (1999) and the UK (1995).

The ICEB's Executive Committee meets continuously by e-mail, in person immediately before and after each General Assembly, and at an interim meeting approximately midway between successive General Assemblies.

The ICEB Constitution was adopted May 31, 1991.

ICEB General Assembly Resolutions

ICEB Projects

Discussion List

There is a discussion list, open to all who are interested, on English Braille Codes and related topics -- with particular emphasis on matters pertaining to ICEB's technical projects (e.g. how well UEB or other codes work for representing technical notation, or for translation by computer). The list is named "icebrl". To join it, create a message with the word


in the subject and email the message to icebrl-request@freelists.org. Please follow the instructions that you receive by e-mail thereafter. (Alternatively, you may visit http://www.freelists.org to subscribe, unsubscribe, set vacation mode or other options through a Web form. An archive for icebrl is also maintained at that site.)

Each ICEB working committee also maintains a list for its deliberations; follow the information links under "ICEB Projects," above.

Further Information

For further information about the ICEB, see ICEB contact information.

See also the current ICEB Brochure for a more complete mission statement, information on activities and sources of funding, and other ways of contacting ICEB.

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