Emoticons, such as or , are often misinterpreted by screen reading software. By converting these items to graphics with an alternative text (such as “smile” or “frown”), a screen reader can process them and present them to the user in a way that makes sense.
Discussion by Disabilities
- This makes it easier for screen reader users to understand emoticons in messages they receive.
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- Many screen readers offer this feature.
Related Research and Papers
- H86: Providing text alternatives for ASCII art, emoticons, and leetspeak. W3C WCAG Techniques.
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