A Sampling of Visual Language
The visual language Ms. Goldring is developing is designed
to "help people keep the visual sense stimulated even when it's been damaged,"
she said, which is important because "if you don't use it, you lose it."
"I know it's something I want," she continued, "so I assume there are other
people who would want it, too."
This language consists of word images, or words that often incorporate graphics
to make them easier to see. For example, ordinarily the word "sun" is difficult
for the visually challenged to read because of the letters' uniform curves.
Replacing the U with a graphic of the sun helps solve this problem because
it "separates the curves," Ms. Goldring said. The graphic also quickly emphasizes
the meaning of the word.