While I totally understand wanting to express oneself via text-formatting in tweets, unfortunately mathematical characters and special characters don’t come across well to screen reader users. #accessibility
You 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 it's 𝒸𝓊𝓉ℯ to 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 your tweets and usernames 𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖘 𝖜𝖆𝖞. But have you 𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙙 to what it 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 with assistive technologies like 𝓥𝓸𝓲𝓬𝓮𝓞𝓿𝓮𝓻?
@Sommer Twitter, and all other social networks, should just have the capacity for users to actually bold/italicize and otherwise format text, instead of using Unicode characters to do so. But they don't. Not even Mastodon.
@Sommer Damn, Voice Over does this pretty well actually. NVDA with eSpeak doesn't even bother, just reading them as things like letter 1 D 6 3 5. Even less useful. 🙁
@Sommer This feels like a bigger problem with parsing in the software. It clearly knows in excruciating detail what each of those letters are; it just doesn't form words with them.
@Sommer Also, it breaks on older Android devices. On my S5 (with Android 6) I only see the boxes of missing unicode characters.
@Sommer It's 2021 and the makers of screen readers can't be arsed to support what's been a common way of writing text for years now.
@tfb @Sommer more like screen reader makers are reading the screen as it is. The fact that those are used mathematical symbols is important information to convey in any usual situation - so what do you propose? Changing the way they are read if reading twitter dot com? How about people talking about math on twitter? Having a setting people have to toggle every time they go into a site where people write in dumb ways? There is no elegent solution. This isn't laziness, this is engineering.
@tfb @Sommer OK, sure. If it is so easy, then fix it. If screen reader developers are clearly just too lazy to do this, you do it, given that you have all the energy and know exactly how! There are plenty of open source ones you could contribute to instead of bitching on mastodon when somebody brings up a legitimate accessibility concern. Just a thought. And if you now say you can't be arsed, then you are just as bad as they are.
Secondly, criticizing a situation or a developer is legitimate. It is not therefore incumbent upon me to fix everything myself
@Sommer it sounds like the program correctly identifies all of the characters even in the special fonts - though I agree that choosing to deviate from the traditional character set can cause issues, this really seems like a problem with how the screen reader is made or configured rather than something that must be changed by users
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