Idiomdrottning’s homepage

Against Faux Sperrsatz Emphasis

There’s a recent proposal of jamming a special unicode character, narrow no-break space, between every character in specific words as a way to make them stand out to sighted users without breaking screenreaders.

This sentence contains an e x a m p l e. It reads as the word “example” on Siri, but there are plenty of other screenreaders and environments in use where it reads as separate letters.

It sucks on screenreaders.

It also messes with a lot of other text processing, such as text search and word selection.