Special Characters

Writing online? Avoid using Unicode characters in your posts. Standard characters ensure everyone can read your message and make your content accessible.

Screen readers read out what’s on the screen. They turn the text on screen into speech. But screen readers treat special characters differently to the standard alphabet. This can cause issues as assistive technologies cannot always ‘read’ them. Sometimes they will skip them altogether. (Source: Holly Tuke for Scope, 2021)

By avoiding special characters from Unicode, you can ensure that your content is easy to read for all users, regardless of the device they are using. Additionally, screen readers may have difficulty recognizing special characters, making them inaccessible to those using assistive technology.

Evidence and further readings

Here you can find a list of references to dive deeper on the subject.