Braille is a system of raised dots that can be read by touch and is for use by people who are visually impaired or have low vision. Contrary to popular belief, Braille is not a language but a code. Braille is not restricted to English, and can be used to read many other languages as well.

We at DataNZ provide Braille transcription and conversion services complying with the standards set by the Braille Authority of North America (BANA), and Unified English Braille Code (UEB) which is a subset of BANA. UEB is a new English standard code that has been developed to house the wide variety of literary and technical matter used in English.

We offer both uncontracted (Grade 1) and Contracted (Grade 2) Braille transcriptions:

  • Grade 1: This is the simpler form of braille and more of an instructional than a functional one. Uncontracted braille translates the text letter by letter making the braille document lengthier.
  • Grade 2: Contracted braille uses short forms of words to allow ease and speed of reading and occupies less space. This method is the most commonly used and easier for Braille Readers.

We have a large team with vast experience and are able to reformat and convert documents to high quality Grade 1 and Grade 2 outputs in Braille Ready Format (BRF). We are also able to replace the picture and any non-textual information available within documents into tactile images. All Braille that we produce retains the originality of the input document. We can convert to Braille from Print, Doc, RTF, and any PDF format provided as inputs.


We at Landcare Research are highly impressed with the work of DataNZ. Their quality, turnaround and price are excellent. We gladly endorse their services to anyone.
Greg Comfort, Manager, Manaaki Whenua (Landcare Research) Press, Lincoln.

Your people doing the mark-up do a great job with pretty difficult material

John Laurie, Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Auckland

Just as in previous years, this is absolutely great – thank you and your team very much! We do spot checks for our statistical purposes as we work with the data you provide, and continue to be delighted by the 100% accuracy of everything checked.

David Fougere, Managing Director, Phoenix Research, Auckland

DataNZ have been very helpful in realising this major new online resource (Web-enabling the Fletcher Index of Māori names) for the Library. The service we received was excellent and we are very happy with their work.

Kathryn Parsons, New Zealand Collection Librarian, University of Waikato Library, Hamilton

The service we’ve received from DataNZ has been first rate and we’d recommend them to anyone undertaking any digitization project, large or small. Their quality, price, and customer service have been excellent in all our dealings with them.

Stefan Boddie, Manager, DL Consulting Ltd., Hamilton

Fast, reliable & affordable services

Please contact us with any questions, or send us a sample of your eBook requirements for a free, no-obligation sample and quote. We are happy to provide recent examples of contracts / work executed and testimonials.