Re: Braille, CJK and unicode

From: Samuel Thibault (
Date: Mon Feb 02 2009 - 16:10:43 CST

  • Next message: John H. Jenkins: "Re: Braille, CJK and unicode"

    John H. Jenkins, le Mon 02 Feb 2009 11:12:21 -0700, a écrit :
    > In any event, I'm a bit confused by the requirement. Chinese *speech*
    > suffers from the same ambiguities.

    Yes, but you are forgetting something: the context is some _written_
    text, i.e. something which people usually read, not listen to, and so
    the writer will have taken less care about *speech* ambiguities since
    it's written text, not oral text. But blind people don't have the
    written text, they just have the pronunciation (through braille).

    > Heck, even *English* has the same ambiguities.

    Yes, and when I read some english-speaking blind mailing list, I
    can quite easily guess who use a speech synthesizer and who use
    a braille device. With speech synthesis only there are far more
    misunderstandings. It happens that Chinese braille suffers from this
    issue too.

    > The best way for someone fluent in Chinese to understand what a
    > character means is to leave it in its context.

    As said above, the problem is that sighted users have _more_ context:
    they know precisely which kanjis are used. Blind users only have the

    BTW, "screen reader" is also used for applications that render braille,
    not only for speech synthesis.


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