Please read below my request and help make a campaign to see my requested features on IOS devices to be available in the next phase, meaning IOS 8 before it is too late and I have to wait another year.
This is an Email that I hope many of you kind folks can send a copy of it to Apple's Accessibility Section to make a change.
Thanks in advance and eagerly awaiting your positive responses and comments.
and now here is the text of that email/campaign/open letter.
To Whom It May Concern:
I am a visually impaired teacher in Tehran, Iran.
As you may know, my mother tongue is Farsi or what people may sometimes mention it as Persian.
Unfortunately, not only Farsi as the formal language of over 100 million people is not supported as a keyboard on IOS devices, but also there are no built-in TTS softwares to be used on Voiceover as the screen reader software of IOS devices that makes it quite a gratifying and pleasure for blind folks to use such devices in their comfort.
Now Ciri is doing a great job in recognizing oral commands and converting them to either a written text or executable command on the devices mentioned above to even facilitate the process of accessibility more and expedite the equality and inclusiveness for marginalized communities and minorities including people with visual impairment as a large group of people with disabilities.
Well, what makes me feel frustrated and be desperate is that none of these miraculous features are available for people whose mother tongue is Farsi.
I believe Apple has enough knowledge and experience in accessibility as a leader in the market in this case to resolve the issues to which I am referring.
In order to accomplish in such a task, I have the following recommendations:
1. Please include a Farsi keyboard to be added to the list of user-defined keyboards whenever needed.
Lack of such a capability is of the reasons people may not consider purchasing IOS devices if they mainly use Farsi for their daily affairs including reading and writing on the net or composing messages.
2. Please either add support for Farsi via Text-To-Speech (TTS) for those in need of accessibility via Voiceover as their screen reader or let this great and unique Software to use third-party TTS softwares as its TTS.
This way, we may rapidly see either free or commercial TTS softwares on Appstore to be added to list of TTS softwares used by Voiceover and to add more functionalities to Apple devices.
3. Another option that I believe have been requested by blind folks a lot, is the capability of a dictionary for Voiceover by which people may correct mispronounced words and phrases in different languages.
This capability can also be used as a workaround by those people their language is not supported via TTS to at least make a dictionary that enables Voiceover to read their languages word by word until a better solution is found.
4. Nowadays, it is heard a lot that Braille support will be included as a built-in keyboard in IOS 8.
I hope Apple is willing to consider Farsi Braille users in this new innovative method too.
Anyway, to keep it short, let me hereby confirm that in order to reach my goals as stated above, I will spread out these words in social networks, mailgroups and other medias and will ask people to forward this text to
Accessibility team of Apple Corporation if they are in favor of the aforementioned recommendations.
If people have a positive approach about usefulness of what I said, they may forward the above text to the following Email address:
Looking forward to seeing great features including the requested ones in this email in the upcoming IOS 8 asap.
A visually impaired folk in Tehran, Iran.