Banking Symbols and Icons

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Certain symbols and icons are specific to the financial sector. Alternative text for these symbols and icons should be written such that a general user who does not have vision can describe them to a sighted assistant, who may be at the same location as the non-sighted user or may be remote (over the phone, or via an app such as Be My Eyes).

Our recommended alternative text for these symbols is:

Symbol Source Category Technical name Recommended alternative text
Unicode 0x2448 Checks MICR OCR Dash (on-us) "OCR dash symbol that looks like a quote followed by a raised square dot"
Unicode 0x2446 Checks MICR OCR Branch Bank Identification (transit) "OCR transit symbol that looks like a bold vertical dash followed by a colon symbol"

References:

https://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2440.pdf

http://www.check-routing-number.com/