15.7 Termination Sign [II.11]

When in print all of the letters of a word are not in the same typeface, hyphens are inserted in braille to set off the different portion—so hallelujah! in print becomes hal-lelujah! in braille. However, if the print word already contains a hyphen, the braille reader needs a different indicator to show where the italicized portion ends. The composition sign that accomplishes this is called the termination sign (dots 6, 3). When the termination sign is inserted before the hyphen it tells the reader two things: that the change in print typeface has ended and that the hyphen is present in print. Examples:

Hooray for Hollywood

Hoo-ray for Holly-wood

Note the stressed syllables in the following words: sed-en-tar-y, re-ad-just-ed, det-ri-men-tal.

• Note again that contractions are not used in any part of a word that is being analyzed.

A word containing a termination sign may be divided between lines, but only following a syllable or a hyphen. When a termination sign is used it must be listed on a special symbols page (to be studied later). Examples: