Just a friendly reminder that doing formatting using unicode characters like 𝑲 sucks total ass for screenreaders
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Another thing you can do to keep your toots more screen reader friendly is to use camel case #LikeThis when writing your hashtags, it makes the word separation machine readable and makes the screen reader pronounce things as intended.
@amandag This is awesome.
Also, Sneakers (the movie) features one of those. They look amazing.
How fast are they to read? Like if someone really practiced and got it down. Is it an automatic speed or is it somehow timed?
@amandag I don't see a picture and idk if it is because my internet is shitty, or if it's a clever way of showing people how annoying this would be if it didn't have a caption
@amandag also sucks ass for devices where it looks like a bunch of squares, sometimes with an X or questionmark inside
@firstname.lastname@example.org i have to use a screen reader because for the mornign and sometimes randomly my eyes just decide to randomly stop annoying, and having weird unicode garbage really doesnt help when your dyslexic and can barely read when everything is in comic sans
@amandag why do screenreaders pronounce those codepoints like that anyway
like, when you're actually doing mathematics you don't say "mathematical symbol y equals sign mathematical symbol x superscript 2" or whatever, you say "y equals x squared"
@amandag a screenreader pronouncing fake italics simulated with mathematical symbols the same way it pronounces real italics would also be wrong, of course, so we should be supporting actual semantic formatting with markdown or whatever instead
the current behaviour doesn't seem correct either though. seems like the screenreaders could do things much better
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