The designation Braille is named for its inventor, who is Mr. Louis Braille from Coupvray, France, born on January 4, 1809 and died January 6, 1852.. He became blind as a result of a childhood accident. At the age of fifteen in the year 1824 he developed his code for the French alphabet and published his system, which also included musical notations, in the year 1829, when he was twenty years old.

For the musical adaptation of his communication system he extended his system to include braille musical notation. Quite passionate about his own musical abilities, Louis Braille took meticulous care in its planning to ensure that the musical code would be (quoted) flexible enough to meet the unique requirements of any instrument. In the year 1829 he published the first book about his system, Method of Writing Words, Music, and Plain Songs by Means of Dots, for Use by the Blind and Arranged for Them. One could almost state that ironically this book was first printed by the raised letter method of the HaĆ¼y system.

Note: History has recorded his life and the reader can learn about this most fascinating man, who created a universal means for the blind to read, understand, and comprehend the life around and surrounding them.

Note: Possibly not the first time that Braille bridge cards were used in bridge tournaments, but the information presented below from the Sunday Independent newspaper printed in St. Petersbugr, Florida, United States, issue of Sunday, October 1, 1961, is surely an indication of how the sport of bridge has been a contributing and important factor in many societies to employ the advancement in technology to include those persons and players with physical disabilities.