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I'm designing an app for Chinese speaking people with disability. It will be on both iOS and Android. I don't speak or read any chinese language.

The app content will be in Chinese Simplified (lang='zh-Hans'). We want to ensure that the content will be compatible, usable and understandable with the native screen reading software.

The app will provide information on emergency situations, so it's critical that important information not be lost in translation.

My questions:

  1. iOS

If an iOS user is using VoiceOver and iOS is set to either Mandarin (China mainland), Mandarin (Taiwan) or Cantonese (Hong Kong) - How does Simplified Chinese read out? Is it understandable to native speakers of the above languages?

  1. Android

If an Android user is using TalkBack and Android is set to either Cantonese (Hong Kong), Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan) - How does Simplified Chinese read out? Is it understandable to native speakers of the above languages?

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  • Very interesting question! You might have more luck in a forum/StackExchange for Chinese speaking people though - while this is very relevant for UX, I am not sure how many people here could answer this question...just as an idea
    – Kolja Sam
    Oct 3, 2022 at 11:07
  • @koljapluemer thanks for the tip, i'll hunt one down and post it there! Oct 5, 2022 at 1:58
  • Cross posted here: Chinese StackExchange Oct 5, 2022 at 2:09

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