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Re: Web accessibility for people with dyslexia

From: Michael A. Peters <mpeters@domblogger.net>
Date: Fri, 5 May 2017 07:59:04 -0700
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <11909374-ef93-3b8f-591b-6c0fa136b146@domblogger.net>
Yes, the SIL license is a good one.

One of the problems with many webfonts (e.g. google fonts, myfonts) is 
they require you embed a third party resource in the website for them to 
work.

This third party resource often includes a tracking cookie.

Accessibility solutions should never involve third party trackers, 
because users who want privacy (e.g. via Privacy Badger) that block 
third party trackers should not have reduced accessibility as a result.

SIL license is a very good license in that respect.

On 05/05/2017 05:16 AM, Elizabeth Pyatt wrote:
> FYI - Another font I like is Andika from SIL.org
> http://software.sil.org/andika/
>
> It’s designed for learners new to reading and is also optimized multiple languages (e.g. Spanish, French, Russian…). It’s under their open font license, and it does include a WOFF web font file.
>
> It has a lot of the same design characteristics recommended by the British Dyslexia Association (https://bdatech.org/what-technology/typefaces-for-dyslexia/)
>
> Elizabeth
>
>
>> On May 5, 2017, at 2:13 AM, Michael A. Peters <mpeters@domblogger.net> wrote:
>>
>> On 05/03/2017 06:07 AM, Sandra Evans wrote:
>>> Hi Brian
>>>
>>> Can you provide some examples of the fonts you are referring to?
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>> Sandra
>>
>> When I looked at licensing fonts for dyslexia for use as webfonts it seemed that many of them either could not be licensed or were too expensive for me.
>>
>> I did find a font that was not created specifically for dyslexia but to me anyway appeared to have many characteristics of fonts that were created for dyslexia.
>>
>> It's called Cyntho Pro.
>>
>> https://www.youworkforthem.com/font/T4888/cyntho-pro/
>>
>> It is a very clean sans-serif font.
>>
>> I am not dyslexic but I have found it is easier for me to read when that is the font used for the main content.
>>
>> -=-
>> Unfortunately my own personal disability involves memory issues from head injuries (epilepsy) and I don't recall the characteristics I looked for, but when I was looking for a dyslexia font and saw I either could not license the tested fonts for the web or saw that they were way too expensive to license, but I do remember there are certain letters where you need to check the characteristics of the shapes.
>>
>> I think p and q and b and d were two of them but I don't remember what the characteristics to check for were, and there were some other letters where characteristic of the shape matters.
>>
>> Also the font I linked has not been tested for the purpose and I can't afford to pay to have it tested for that purpose. So I hope it works but I can not say that it does.
>>
>> Also also, it seems there are several different types of dyslexia and what works for some does not work for others.
>>
>> A lot of dyslexic say Comic Sans MS is a free font that works well for them, but a friend of mine who is dyslexic says that font doesn't help her personally. And it also isn't as free as some seem to think. It isn't available (legally) as a system font on Linux and it can't (legally) be used as a webfont.
>>
>> Interestingly she likes the old Apple font Monaco even though it is monospace.
>>
>
> =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
> Elizabeth J. Pyatt, Ph.D.
> Accessibility IT Consultant
> Teaching and Learning with Technology
> Penn State University
> ejp10@psu.edu, (814) 865-0805 or (814) 865-2030 (Main Office)
>
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