[Kde-accessibility] Please Give Me a Screen Reader for KDE

Jeremy jeremy at scitools.com
Wed Feb 20 15:51:41 CET 2008


That caught me off guard.  I guess it's not really a screen reader in the 
sense that it describes everything going on on the screen...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_screen_readers lists some screen readers 
(mostly for windows) but there are a couple opensource offerings like 
Emacspeak, Gnopernicus, and Orca.  I have not used any of those before, so am 
not sure what to recommend, I do know that if web is the only thing needed, 
you can use kttsd in konqueror to read web content, and you can set it up to 
speak notifications (like instant messages or e-mail arrivals) but am not 
sure if it can be used as a screen reader.

So list, what can we do about this? I'm definitely no accessibility expert, 
but it seems Qt supports accessibility 
http://labs.trolltech.com/page/Projects/Accessibility/QDBusBridge as was 
mentioned by Peter Grasch a couple weeks ago on this list.  Seems like we 
might want to try to push a policy in kde apps to get this accessibility 
information added to them. Or at least figure the framework out and put up a 
techbase article showing devs how to add this information.  Comments?


On Wednesday 20 February 2008 02:57:42 Meftah Tayeb wrote:
> hello,
> thank you for this TTS Information
> but i want to know if this is a Screen Reader ?
> Thanks !
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jeremy" <jeremy at scitools.com>
> To: <kde-accessibility at kde.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 9:30 PM
> Subject: Re: [Kde-accessibility] Please Give Me a Screen Reader for KDE
> > On Saturday 16 February 2008 12:12:52 Meftah Tayeb wrote:
> >> hi,
> >> please i am blind, and i am looking for a Screen Reader for the KDE
> >> Desktop
> >> Environment if you know a one Free Screen Reader, please give Me tha URL
> >> !
> >> Thanks
> >
> > hello,
> >
> > There are a few opensource text to speech systems. KDE has a kttsd
> > package that wraps most all of them, and can be used directly in kde apps
> > like konqueror, and such.  I find the best sounding voice by installing
> > festival,
> > mbrola voices, and using kttsd to manage the jobs.
> >
> > MBrola website is here: http://tcts.fpms.ac.be/synthesis/mbrola.html
> > Festival is usually a package your distro provides, as is kttsd.
> >
> > Let us know if you need any tips on setting them up or if you have
> > suggestions
> > for their improvement.
> >
> > regards,
> > Jeremy
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