[Kde-accessibility] debian sarge kdeaccessibility build attempt

Gary Cramblitt garycramblitt at comcast.net
Wed Jan 25 23:47:36 CET 2006

On Tuesday 24 January 2006 23:46, Jude DaShiell wrote:
> I got a few things done.  The configure script in kdeaccessibility package
> is complaining about a missing qt libraries and headers.  Maybe debian has
> these in its alternative archives but I don't yet know where to download
> them.

Did you install kde-devel (and possibly kde-devel-extras) packages?  If you 
provide details, might be able to help.  Also, if it is complaining about a 
specific missing file, "apt-file search filename" is useful to determine the 
package that installs the file.

> I have festival talking when emacspeak runs and that's with eflite. 
> Beyond that speakup is in use for the text consoles.  One thing I would
> like to know is once startx is run, will kdetts or something else in the
> kdeaccessibility package start talking so I can at least know what's
> happening on the way to applications?  I don't have a refreshable braille
> display and the eyesight is so bad no amount of magnification will help in
> this lifetime at least.

Unfortunately, KDE is not currently usable by the blind.  No, KTTS will not 
speak from KDE startup.  In fact, it won't speak much of anything until you 
tell it to do so.

The plan for KDE 4 is to switch the KTTS backend to Speech Dispatcher.  Since 
SD will speak from near-bootup, that will permit TTS from near bootup through 
KDE startup.  We also hope to have a general screen reader (gnopernicus or 
orca) for KDE 4.

It sounds like Gnome might be more appropriate for you at this time.

Gary Cramblitt (aka PhantomsDad)
KDE Text-to-Speech Maintainer

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