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[LowVision] Techniques needed for Icon Fonts #144
Hi Andrew and Josh,
I worked on some techniques in the Wiki last February.
Here is an update. I have added 2 new separate real icon font techniques that use the Unicode Private Use Area (PUA) and @font-face.
In addition, I've revised 2 of the original Unicode techniques to in fact indicate that they use "Unicode Characters" instead of "Icon fonts" and updated them to address survey comments.
The first Unicode technique is: Using aria-hidden="true" on Unicode characters that AT should ignore. I updated per Andrew's and Mo's survey comments by simplifying the procedure and having the technique be specific to Unicode characters.
The second Unicode one is: Unicode Character with an On-Screen Text Alternative . I updated per Makoto's and Andrew's survey comments by removing the figure element and simplifying the procedure.
I have not updated the 3rd Unicode technique that used an off-screen text alternative and would like to withdraw it completely. As Wayne astutely said, some people who need alternative text will need to see it and may not be screen reader users.
I've asked the Low Vision Task Force for input on the 4 techniques.
Thoughts for improvement appreciated. Thanks.
Possibly related...advice to actually not use icon fonts altogether: https://speakerdeck.com/ninjanails/death-to-icon-fonts / http://blog.cloudfour.com/seriously-dont-use-icon-fonts/
The Low Vision Task Force met today and resolved to accept the 2 Icon font techniques: