@devinprater how usable is emacs speaks? When someone was asking about blind accessible free software that was my best guess where to go.
Now if we could only get Emacs to be more repetitive strain injury accessible we might be in a better place.
@alienghic Setting it up is not like any other package. You have to download the release archive, or clone from GitHub.com/tvraman/emacspeak/, then on Linux, if you want the best experience, you'll have to buy a proprietary speech synthesizer, called Voxin, from https://oralux.org, then make Emacspeak, make the speech engine you want to use, so make outloud for Voxin (it used to be called IBM Viavoice), and then set, in your .profile, something like DTK_PROGRAM=outloud. Then it'd probably work. But yeah after that you've got one of the best blind-friendly systems out there. It's not easy to learn, it's basically living in Emacs with a few API-scraping utilities for gathering stuff like news or weather, but my goodness it's better than any screen reader on any system out there can match with hooking into a general operating system.
@devinprater I was going to ask if there's a good free software tool to start with, but I'm now I'm also curious where the cost for voxin goes. They say they're not profit, and the high quality voice samples are really nice.
Also out of curiosity is voice control at all useful for blind users?
I wonder if the voxin voices could be plugged into one of the free software voice assistants like mycroft or almond.
@alienghic It comes from a company which part of it was bought by Microsoft, but the speech part was spun into its own company. So I'm not even sure what it's called now. But yeah it comes from licensing that. And IBM TTS is abandonware that this company just won't let go of.
@devinprater Interesting... Thank you.
Not wanting to "favorite" a company keeping abandoned assistance technology under wraps.
@alienghic Yeah, it sucks. I mean, there is ESpeak, but it sounds pretty bad, and its speech server in Emacspeak... could use some work. It was pretty laggy when I last tried it.
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