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Re: Braille readers read Arial font characters incorrectly

From: Harry Loots <harry.loots@ieee.org>
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 20:56:13 +0200
Message-ID: <CA++-QFeBcBKqxBWdzikSo_731bVLmoCDqpnr-g5-8M6P6cmpwg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Userite <richard@userite.com>
Cc: W3C WAI ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Thanks Richard
Again,  you confirm my suspicion that the person who mentioned it in the
focus group I was running,  had gained a misunderstanding from somewhere. I
could not see that font would influence output but thought I'd ask. Your
suggestion that Braille reader software may be corrupt makes sense.
Regards,  Harry

On 5 Sep 2017 20:30, "Userite" <richard@userite.com> wrote:

Hi Harry,

So far as I am aware all braille readers interpret the underlying HTML text
(ASCII code) and therefore don’t care what font you use.  This is the same
for screen readers.  So if your braille reader is miss-reading some
characters on a page the problem is probably due to a faulty
character setting for the relevant page.

You should check in the <head> section  to make sure that you have it
correct, it should say something like <meta charset=”utf-8”>

If the character setting is correct then you probably have a problem with
the braille reader software and need to check if it is corrupted. Also
check that you have the latest version.  If necessary reinstall the

The problem should be nothing to do with CSS unless you use a style sheet
with the media type braille specified, in which case delete it as it is now
a deprecated media type.


Richard Warren
Technical Manager

*From:* Harry Loots <harry.loots@ieee.org>
*Sent:* Tuesday, September 05, 2017 11:48 AM
*To:* w3c <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
*Subject:* Braille readers read Arial font characters incorrectly

Dear all

In a meeting with a focus group a few days ago (i'm currently managing a
re-design of an intranet for a UN agency in Rome) a user suggested that
certain characters in the Arial font are misread by Braille readers. (He
specifically mentioned "i"  which he said is displayed as three strokes or

I have not heard about this before, and don't seem to be able to find
information about this on the web either.

So, does any one have experience of Braille readers reading fonts
incorrectly? If we are aware of such anomalies one may be able to
circumvent it using CSS to provide alternative fonts to ensure the
information is received correctly.

Many thanks
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