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Apple and Microsoft team up to help the blind use computers with plug-and-play braille

Apple, Microsoft and a handful of other tech companies are making it so you can plug in a Braille display much like a mouse or keyboard. The companies have teamed up with the USB Implementers Forum, a nonprofit that promotes adoption of USB tech, to integrate Braille into a new USB Human Interface Device (HID) standard (PDF). People with vision disabilities often rely on Braille, but some Braille displays only work with certain PCs or require additional software and drivers to use. The new HID standard helps…