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This article was published on March 4, 2016

Dsxyliea tries to visualize what it’s like reading with dyslexia


Dsxyliea tries to visualize what it’s like reading with dyslexia
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

For people with dyslexia, it can be hard to explain to others what it feels like to struggle to read text. Dsxyliea is a JavaScript experiment that tries to replicate what it feels like, for some at least, to read a book or blog post.

dyslexia is a reading disorder that affects millions of people in the US, but many still don’t understand what it feels like or how it can affect reading and learning abilities.

This experiment uses JavaScript to move letters around in real time to emulate typoglycemia — the result is incredibly interesting and tries to emulate what it might feel like.

It was first posted on Hacker News, where some commenters argued that it wasn’t representative of their experiences with Dyslexia, while others said it has an “uncannily similar” illustration of what it feels like and that while it’s not “accurate” it does simulate the effect of it.

dsxyliea [GitHub]