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Old 16. Nov 2011, 06:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Speech Synthesizer for Blind Computer User

I received this personal email from one of our users who is blind. Maybe somebody can help?

"Dear Gizmo

I downloaded and tried However, I am a blind computer user, as I believe I've mentioned before, and I couldn't get it to work with the speech I use to read what is on the screen. I use Freedom Scientific's JAWS (Job Access with Speech). Is there any way someone could try it out with a speech synthesizer and send me how they accessed what was on the screen?

There is a free speech synthesizer on the web called NVDA (non-visualized desktop access) which is very similar to JAWS. If someone could access that program and try and then tell me what they did, that would be really great!! This program would really be helpful to me although I couldn't get it to work for me.


(Name removed for privacy reasons) "

Can anybody help or make a suggestion?

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Old 16. Nov 2011, 06:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is Vinux project possibly of help? This from their FAQs:
Quote "Vinux is a remastered version of the popular Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat distribution optimised for the needs of blind and partially sighted users.

By default it provides three screen-readers, two full-screen magnifiers, global font-size and colour changing facilities as well as support for USB Braille displays.

When you boot the live CD you will be greeted by the Orca screen-reader/magnifier which enables you to navigate the graphical Gnome desktop using keybindings, as well as providing full screen-magnification if required. For those who prefer to work in a simple text based console there is the Speakup screen-reader. A second full-screen magnifier is provided by the Compiz Window Manager, which uses 3D technology to allow you to magnify and navigate the whole screen using the mouse, or move a resizable virtual magnifying glass around the screen. The Gnome Desktop Manager itself provides you with global keybindings to change the font size and/or the colour scheme on the fly. Finally, Brltty provides Grade 1/2 Braille output via the Orca screen-reader. By default all of the screen-readers use the same Espeak Speech Synthesizer via Speech-Dispatcher which provides a seamless experience for the user when switching from one screen-reader to another!"

I hope this is of some help?

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