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Re: en-dash, dash and minus


From: Mohith BP
Date: Jul 30, 2018 2:50AM


Please use HTML math symbols.
for minus it is one of the following:
<span> &minus; </span>
<span> &#8722;</span>
<span> &#x2212; </span>

Refer the complete HTML math reference below:

Thanks & Regards,
Mohith B. P.
On 7/27/18, Isabel Holdsworth < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Hi all,
> Yet another niggly accessibility issue I could do with your thoughts on.
> I'm working on some eAssessment software that allows teachers to
> upload maths questions and their pupils to answer them online.
> Some of the teachers are using the en-dash (–) character instead of
> the minus (−) sign, because it's wider and easier to see. But we feel
> that en-dash doesn't convey the subtraction operation to screenreader
> users.
> Since there's no easy way to enter a minus sign using the keyboard,
> we're trying to come up with a compromise that makes the content more
> accessible.
> I think the dash (-) character is a good alternative, and it's widely
> available and IMO widely understood to denote subtraction.
> What do you guys think?
> We really want to offer the best experience we can to kids sitting
> tests using our software, so I'd appreciate your thoughts.
> Thanks as always, Lynn
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