Apple in Your Eye

Instapaper Adds Open Dyslexia Font To Help The Disabled [Updated]

Open source font helps users with readability.
 Instapaper Adds Open Dyslexia Font To Help The Disabled [Updated]

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Instapaper, the hugely popular read-later app, recently announced on their blog that they have made their app compatible with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. Along with that news, Instapaper founder Marco Arment revealed that users would now have the option to use Open-Dyslexic font, an open source font that makes things easier to read for people with dyslexia.

In his blog post, published yesterday, Mr. Arment asserts Instapaper’s commitment to help the disabled:

Many people use Instapaper for improved accessibility, especially customers with low or no vision. Given what Instapaper does — capture any web page and present it in a consistent, adjustable, customer-controlled environment — it’s a natural fit for bringing improved accessibility and legibility to anyone who needs it.

Other similar apps, like the Android version of Pocket, have taken a big leap forward as well and gave their products text-to-speech capabilities.

Fortunately the iPhone has a wealth of tools for the visually impared. Along with Siri’s dictation abilities, the iPhone also includes a feature called VoiceOver, a touch-to-speech software that reads your phone out loud for you.

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated in the headline and text that Apple didn’t have sufficient options for disabled readers. In fact, Apple has a lot of options for disabled readers and Instapaper can in fact use text-to-speech in conjunction with VoiceOver. Betabeat regrets the error.