Re: Braille Re: How do assistive technologies handle icon fonts?

On Wed, 02 Dec 2015 17:12:23 +1000, Michiel Bijl <> wrote:

> Hi Chaals,
> Thank you for your test results! I did have a look at the braille  
> display, but I’m not sure what to expect or look for when testing with  
> it.
> Does anyone have good resources on this?

Braille is not that complicated, so a day on wikipedia and a night with  
someone who knows it and drinks beer can be very valuable (although you  
won't learn to read braille for fun, you can at least understand most of  
what that entails - it's one of the very clever things about it).

Basically you need to be able to decipher the braille line (there are  
plenty of clues available) and have a rough idea of what is typically  
presented in one...

Or find some people who *do* read braille and know the technology well.

On the other hand, screenreaders are a niche application in accessibility  
- and braille is a niche application even among blind users. Don't lose  
sight of the bigger picture.


> —Michiel
>> On 01 Dec 2015, at 22:43, Chaals McCathie Nevile  
>> <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I poked a bit at the braille representation from VoiceOver - this is  
>> easily available in the VoiceOver utility, although there are many  
>> options which means it is likely to be somewhat variable.
>> I don't know windows-based systems nearly as well, but perhaps others  
>> do.
>> cheers
>> On Tue, 01 Dec 2015 07:37:10 +1000, Michiel Bijl <>  
>> wrote:
>>> Jemma and I are doing some accessibility testing on icon  
>>> fonts—especially Font Awesome—and how assistive technologies handle  
>>> them. I’ve setup a GitHub repository called Font Awesome  
>>> <> (because we initially  
>>> targeted that specific library; should rename it). I’ve already added  
>>> one test example and some test results, but suggestions for more  
>>> examples (ways to fix the issue of icon fonts being announced weird),  
>>> or test results for existing tests, or even tips on how to display  
>>> test results properly; it’s all welcome!
>>> —Michiel
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