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Re: Design pattern question - typography and icon fonts

From: Steve Lee <stevelee@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2019 15:12:08 +0000
To: public-cognitive-a11y-tf@w3.org
Message-ID: <ba403440-f1e5-e8dc-3e2d-da96615c3fe5@w3.org>
And to actually answer you question - I'm not aware of any discussion.

But I'm not sure if still a popular choice - that linked article was 
2015 and unicode and SVG have come one leaps and bounds since then.

Steve


On 14/03/2019 15:07, Steve Lee wrote:
> IMHO Icon font's were a temporary hack that has been replaced by better 
> approaches - Unicode emojis and SVG.
> 
> The issues is that screen readers read the apparently random character 
> code used to represent the icon 9even though inserted via CSS)
> 
> EG
> 
> https://cloudfour.com/thinks/seriously-dont-use-icon-fonts/
> 
> Steve
> 
> On 14/03/2019 12:25, James A. wrote:
>> Hi everyone
>>
>> I am working on the design pattern “Use clean typography and 
>> punctuation”. I am focussing on areas of typography that cause 
>> problems for people using text to speech or who personalise the page. 
>> One issue I would like to address is the use of icons fonts. When they 
>> started to become popular a few years ago, there were people raising 
>> issues that icons didn’t appear if people swapped to different fonts 
>> and that icons were read out as Unicode by text to speech. I can’t 
>> find this issue in any other patterns or gap analysis so I wanted to 
>> know if had been discussed before I was part of the group?
>>
>> Best wishes
>>
>> Abi
>>
> 
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