Sonar GNU/Linux merges with Vinux

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Fri Apr 28 11:30:14 UTC 2017

Tony Baechler here.

I would say you're not worrying enough. The sighted expect to be understood. 
They expect the blind to be able to read what they're saying. I know I've 
missed things because they aren't read. I can usually figure out from the 
person and context what they mean, but not always. If you get a bunch of 
blind kids hanging out together, they understand and don't care, but if they 
try chatting to their sighted friends, they run into problems. Not to single 
out any group, but teen girls in particular seem to be more emotional and 
use less text, especially if they're into art.

I've studied them extensively for an unrelated project. It's how they 
communicate now, even with adults, although not as much. A lot of them hang 
out on tumblr; talk about an accessibility nightmare! Nothing is more 
annoying than hearing "variation selector x16" and having no idea what 
that's supposed to mean. Facebook is better about this, but not great. At 
least I hear things like "heavy red heart," but with no explanation of what 
emotion it's supposed to convey. Then again, I'm still on XP which doesn't 
do Unicode. I really need to get an X installation working again.

On 4/27/2017 9:34 AM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Sure, but if eSpeak cannot read Emoji and such, and we want new users to
> 	use the web, they’ll quickly see that as "just another thing to
> 	file a bug about and hope some one will fix it." Although,
> 	people on the audio games forum are getting into Linux, and
> 	don’t seem to care too much about emoji, so maybe I’m just
> 	worrying about the "popular" blind kid crowd too much.

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