Friday, 6 April 2018

Brilliant New Typeface Combines Touchable Braille With Visible Letters

quote [ With an innovation that makes you wonder why no one thought of it earlier, Japanese designer Kosuke Takahashi has created a new typeface that allows everyone equal access to information, whether they can see or not. ]

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[by arrowhen@5:02amGMT]


cb361 said @ 6:00am GMT on 6th Apr [Score:1 Funny]
Now we’ll be able to tell what they’re up to.
eggboy said @ 10:54am GMT on 6th Apr [Score:1 Interesting]
What a godawful font to try to read.

Braille is not that hard to read by eye if you want to. It's just a one for one alphabet exchange. Each letter or punctuation mark has a direct analogue. It's not like learning a new language with new sounds or grammar rules. Just different symbols for the alphabet.

The problems arises with all the abbreviations and contractions. Single letters to represent common words. It's like shorthand. And also the ubiquitousness of screens to convey information. A metal plate reading 'gents', 'exit' or 'zebra crossing' is useful, but until people can feel a changing mobile phone screen and braille becomes more widespread being able to read braille is useless.
smoki said @ 10:43pm GMT on 6th Apr
But you first need to learn how read Braille, and with this font, you can do it right off the bat, no matter how godawful it might look like.
eggboy said @ 12:36am GMT on 7th Apr [Score:1 Informative]
Easiest way to learn is probably still playing around with Perky Duck

There isn't really much reason to learn it There isn't enough braille around to make it useful to a sighted person, and the blind don't need texts translated by humans. Any digital text can be turned into dots by a computer program and printed out, super easy. The only reason I bothered was I was considering teaching primary school children, and wanted to be able to help special needs kids.
lilmookieesquire said @ 5:54am GMT on 6th Apr
The Braille SEers will love this!
moriati said @ 7:36am GMT on 6th Apr
My partner favours the Brailleseerian wax, it's a big help in the dark.

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