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Re: The punctuation and typographic symbols that screen readers don't read


From: Jukka K. Korpela
Date: Jan 21, 2014 2:12PM

2014-01-21 22:11, Paul Bohman wrote:

> Screen readers can do a lot better job at reading punctuation and
> typographic symbols. I decided to document what screen readers do and don't
> read. The results are not very encouraging.

This is important information about a sad state of affairs. Here I would
like to draw attention to just one detail in the testing:

> For example, if you write 1+1=2 (one plus one equals two), NVDA says only
> "one one two" at its default verbosity setting.

According to mathematical tradition, as well as standards including the
ISO 80000 series, there should be spacing around most operator symbols,
for example 1 + 1 = 2. This may or may not make a difference in reading,
but I think this is what should primarily be used in tests. Of course,
it might be interesting to know about reading 1+1=2, too.