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Re: Braille readers read Arial font characters incorrectly

From: Userite <richard@userite.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 19:30:34 +0100
Message-ID: <2B8B87C0EAA8415BBFD9102A533C637D@RichardPC>
To: "Harry Loots" <harry.loots@ieee.org>, "w3c" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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 software.  
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.
Regards
Richard
Richard Warren
Technical Manager
www.website-accessibilty.com

From: Harry Loots 
Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2017 11:48 AM
To: w3c 
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 something...) 

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
Harry
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