[Clients] Gemini and accessibility regarding preformatted code blocks

Oliver Simmons oliversimmo at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 21:34:00 GMT 2021

On Thu, 25 Feb 2021, 21:21 Devin Prater, <r.d.t.prater at gmail.com> wrote:

> Windows and Linux graphical screen readers, however, read web pages like a
> document. So, there isn’t an easy way to skip past plain text, like Ascii
> art and such. Even if the blocks are marked up in the GemText, it is up to
> clients to show them. So, if a client just dumps the GemText into
> paragraphs, and puts the Ascii art in with it, then it is hard to skip. One
> can quickly arrow line by line until understandable words are spoken, but
> this is slow and frustrating. Windows and Linux GUI screen readers do have
> commands to “skip to end of container,” which are used to skip block
> quotes, frames, things like that. But the browser has to display them to
> the screen reader as such, the screen reader doesn’t just guess this.

I'm not sure how the world of screen-readers/similar works, but:
Since Gemini is very simple (unlike the web), creation of a dedicated
client is a possibility.

For preformatted text, it could read out the alt-text and then query you if
you want it's contents read out to you.

I have no idea how creation of such a client would be, but I imagine it
would be easier than makes it them for most other things.
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