Apple Is ‘Proud To Advance’ New USB-IF Standard For Braille Displays

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May 31, 2018
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Today, the USB Implementers Forum has shared details on a new Human Interface device which be a standard for braille displays. The display will basically provide greater accessibility needs for those who are blind or with low vision. More importantly, the device will provide accessibility needs to devices across different operating systems and manufacturers including Apple. So, let’s dive in to see some more details on the matter.

Apple Is Proud To Be Part Of Advancing The New Standard Of Braille Displays

USB-IF has announced a new standard for braille displays in a press release which will make the development of custom software easier. In addition to this, use of different software like screen readers will also be reduced. Jeff Ravencraft, president of USB-IF has stated that companies working together can improve the user experience and the ease of access to the technology.

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As for Apple, the company has shared a short statement in which it notes that it is proud to be part of advancing and working under the new standard for braille displays.

Technology should be accessible to everyone and Apple designs all products with that in mind,” said Sarah Herrlinger, director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives at Apple. “We’re proud to advance this new USB-IF standard because we believe in improving the experience for all people who rely on braille displays to use their Apple products or any other device.”

The company is greatly working to improve its accessibility features for the visually impaired. A few days ago, it was also reported how Siri and VoiceOver technology is influencing and transforming the lives of blind people. So the steps being made are in the right direction and since Apple is part of it, we can expect the industry to follow the new standard as well.

There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned for more details. This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the matter? Share your views with us in the comments section below and we are especially interested to hear from our blind and partially sited readers.

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