Re: screen reader reporting of negative values

It is not unusual to use parenthesis too for negative numbers like in
financial statements. It is standard practice and depends on the org.
Screen readers can be configured to announce dashes and (, ) etc. by
adjusting punctuation verbosity.
Authors should not spend time  on this issue.
Maybe, simply notify the users that negative numbers are denoted by
parenthesis or the minus sign.
The users will do the needful depending on data being consumed and how
it is important to the reader.
Surely it should not be denoted using CSS or ‐ ‐, etc.
Sailesh Panchang

On 8/17/13, Foliot, John <> wrote:
> Hi Roger,
> Roughly a year ago I filed the following bug at NVDA:
> - it was subsequently fixed.
> Are you aware of any screen reader that is not announcing the dash as a
> negative when combined with a numeral? If so could you share that data (as
> clearly that is a concern to my organization <smile>) - note we seemingly
> always use the standard keyboard "-" (dash) as opposed to the &mdash; or
> &#8212 (which, AFAIK, should not be being used for negative values anyway).
> Do you have a "support" matrix handy?
> Cheers!
> JF
> From: Roger Hudson []
> Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 10:27 PM
> To:
> Subject: screen reader reporting of negative values
> Hi,
> I am interested in finding the best way to include negative values in a
> table. For example a table showing an overdrawn bank account or a
> temperature below zero (c or f).
> It seems that there is some variability in the level of screen reader
> (and/or browser) support for coded &mdash; and &#8212; or the standard
> keyboard dash.
> One possibility would be to combine one of the above with the word 'minus'
> which is positioned off-left so that it is not visible but will still be
> read by a screen reader. However, this could result in some screen reader
> users hearing "minus dash $40.00. Would this be worse than risking some just
> hearing $40.00?
> Thanks,
> Roger
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