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Adding visual features to improve accessibility of text

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000252506D
Publication Date: 2018-Jan-19

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Abstract

A significant percentage of humans suffer from reading difficulties caused by dyslexia. While the difficulties may differ across different individuals, some common problems include seeing letters as backwards or upside down; having trouble distinguishing between letters with similar shapes, e.g., b, p, q, and d; and conflating running letters, e.g., an r next to an n misread as an m. These difficulties are sometimes traced to an apparent inability to recognize a letter and its misoriented form, e.g., "b" and "upside-down b," as distinct objects. Techniques of this disclosure introduce a uniformly oriented visual feature (e.g., a tick mark) to each letter of the alphabet. By doing so, the orientation of each letter is indicated which can benefit a dyslexic reader. With the direction of the letter anchored by the tick mark, a reader finds it easier to orient, leading to a smoother, less exhausting reading experience.