[games_access] Fw: Does This Font Truly Help Dyslexic Readers to Read? (Barrie Ellis)

Barrie Ellis oneswitch at gmail.com
Mon Oct 8 15:36:11 EDT 2012


Let us know, Michelle. It will be interesting to know. Bit more on the font here: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-19734341

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From: "Michelle Hinn" <michellehinn at gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 07, 2012 1:38 AM
To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>
Subject: Re: [games_access] Fw: Does This Font Truly Help Dyslexic Readers to Read? (Barrie Ellis)


> This is interesting! I'm not sure the OpenDyslexic font would help me

> or not but I'll have to experiment around with it. It seemed hard to

> look at for me but then again I'm so used to other fonts. I'm dyslexic

> (whole word mix up, spelling errors, word addition or subtraction are

> the things that get me to describe things very broadly) but I didn't

> get diagnosed until after high school. And now I have a doctorate. ;)

>

> One thing that has helped me much more recently is eReaders -- I can

> adjust the font size, kerning, etc. I've always been a super avid

> reader despite everything but I think that was the luck of my brain

> adapting itself.

>

> Anyway, I want to try this out on an eReader or eReading software! :)

>

> As for the comment...this was my official non-favorite ("Dyslexia if

> just a cop out used by stupid people.") -- I enjoyed the word

> substitution in that sentence. ;)

>

> Thanks for the info everyone!

>

> Michelle

>

> On Sat, Oct 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM, Ian Hamilton <i_h at hotmail.com> wrote:

>> A bit more on OpenDyslexic, it has been taken up by InstaPaper now, and a

>> school in the UK for dyslexic kids is giving it a trial run:

>>

>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19734341

>>

>> FS Me is a much nicer option, properly researched and tested, and designed

>> from the ground up too, compared to OD which tweaked a base font chosen due

>> to the licence terminology rather than readability, a base font that

>> had/still has issues with fundamentals like mirroring.

>>

>> It's a real shame that FS Me has such an obscene pricetag, or we could have

>> seen things like the InstaPaper integration happen years ago. Mencap wanted

>> it to become a standard commonly used font, but that's simply never going to

>> happen at £190 a go. The presentation here is worth looking through if you

>> have an interest in accessible type, explains some of the principles behind

>> FS Me (the same principles used in other similar fonts too):

>>

>> http://issuu.com/fontsmith/docs/fs_me

>>

>> Can only hope that the two things can learn from each other - OpenDyslexic

>> going beyond weight to get some more of the fine details right (I've

>> forwarded that FS Me doc on to OpenDyslexic's designer, so never know), and

>> FS Me being released for free.

>>

>> Ian

>>

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>>> This link is very interesting, and especially so the comments.....

>>>

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>>>

>>> From: Techni

>>> Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2012 3:31 AM

>>> To: Barrie Ellis

>>> Subject: Does This Font Truly Help Dyslexic Readers to Read?

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>>>

>>> http://m.gizmodo.com/5948800/does-this-font-truly-help-dyslexic-readers-read

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>>> This is fricken amazing if it works. Devs need to let ppl swap fonts with

>>> this. Or build it into systems firmware so everygame supports it. Sony

>>> ignores anything i say but maybe if you guys lobby for it.

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>>> A bit more on the accessibility of fonts in games:

>>> http://switchgaming.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/the-accessibility-of-fonts-in-games.html

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