• Apps for the blind

    From Brian Rogers@1:142/103 to All on Thu Nov 25 11:40:00 2021
    Greetings;

    I'm wondering if there's a good screen reader app for the blind on linux, something equal to JAWS for Windows. I have a blind user who wishes to get off Windows and migrate to linux but I'm not familiar with programs for the blind and know of none for linux. Any input would be appreciated.

    Thanks much!

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  • From Richard Falken@1:123/115 to Brian Rogers on Thu Nov 25 12:46:44 2021
    Re: Apps for the blind
    By: Brian Rogers to All on Thu Nov 25 2021 11:40 am

    Greetings;

    I'm wondering if there's a good screen reader app for the blind on linux, something equal to JAWS for Windows. I have a blind user who wishes to get o Windows and migrate to linux but I'm not familiar with programs for the blin and know of none for linux. Any input would be appreciated.

    Thanks much!

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    I don't know if it counts as "good" since I don't use it, but Linux has Orca. "Orca is a free, open source, flexible, and extensible screen reader that provides access to the graphical desktop via speech and refreshable braille [...] Orca works with applications and toolkits that support the Assistive Technology Service Provider Interface (AT-SPI), which is the primary assistive technology infrastructure for Linux and Solaris."

    The Knoppix distribution has integrated support for blind users, since KnopperÅ› wife is sight imparied herself. Maybe you can give it a try.

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  • From Brian Rogers@1:142/103 to Richard Falken on Thu Nov 25 21:09:00 2021
    Hello Richard;

    Richard Falken wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    I don't know if it counts as "good" since I don't use it, but Linux has Orca. "Orca is a free, open source, flexible, and extensible screen
    reader that provides access to the graphical desktop via speech and refreshable braille [...] Orca works with applications and toolkits
    that support the Assistive Technology Service Provider Interface
    (AT-SPI), which is the primary assistive technology infrastructure for Linux and Solaris."

    The Knoppix distribution has integrated support for blind users, since Knopper¿ wife is sight imparied herself. Maybe you can give it a try.

    Thanks for the input, I'll pass the information along. I have a small handful of friends who are blind and they lean on me to help them. I haven't figured out why since I really don't know a thing about their applications but I seem to do good by them.

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  • From Robert Wolfe@1:116/18 to Brian Rogers on Fri Nov 26 13:15:13 2021
    On 25 Nov 2021, Brian Rogers said the following...

    Hello Richard;

    Richard Falken wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    I don't know if it counts as "good" since I don't use it, but Linux h Orca. "Orca is a free, open source, flexible, and extensible screen reader that provides access to the graphical desktop via speech and refreshable braille [...] Orca works with applications and toolkits that support the Assistive Technology Service Provider Interface (AT-SPI), which is the primary assistive technology infrastructure fo Linux and Solaris."

    The Knoppix distribution has integrated support for blind users, sinc Knopper¿ wife is sight imparied herself. Maybe you can give it a try.

    Thanks for the input, I'll pass the information along. I have a small handful of friends who are blind and they lean on me to help them. I haven't figured out why since I really don't know a thing about their applications but I seem to do good by them.

    The federal agency I work for uses JAWS for Windows. We are supporters of open source works, so I was wonering what kind of
    support Orca has both for Windows as well as for commercial, enterprise level support you pay for?

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  • From Kai Richter@2:240/77 to Brian Rogers on Sat Nov 27 04:51:30 2021
    Hello Brian!

    25 Nov 21, Brian Rogers wrote to All:

    I'm wondering if there's a good screen reader app for the blind on
    linux

    If there is then it's well hidden. Web searches of "linux for blind" reveal pages that are approx. 10 years old as first hits, at least in my language space.

    blind user who wishes to get off Windows and migrate to linux but I'm
    not familiar with programs for the blind and know of none for linux.
    Any input would be appreciated.

    My result to go further with the 10y old information failed. Some tools like brltty can be found and it's still in activ development, others like festival or txt2pho with MBROLA or Aranea seem to be discontinued.

    I think the best way to find a tool for the blind is to ask the blind community.

    Regards

    Kai

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  • From Richard Falken@1:123/115 to Robert Wolfe on Sun Nov 28 06:12:15 2021
    Re: Re: Apps for the blind
    By: Robert Wolfe to Brian Rogers on Fri Nov 26 2021 01:15 pm

    On 25 Nov 2021, Brian Rogers said the following...

    Hello Richard;

    Richard Falken wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    I don't know if it counts as "good" since I don't use it, but Linux h Orc
    "Orca is a free, open source, flexible, and extensible screen reader that
    provides access to the graphical desktop via speech and refreshable brail
    [...] Orca works with applications and toolkits that support the Assistiv
    Technology Service Provider Interface (AT-SPI), which is the primary
    assistive technology infrastructure fo Linux and Solaris."

    The Knoppix distribution has integrated support for blind users, sinc
    Knopper¿ wife is sight imparied herself. Maybe you can give it a try.

    Thanks for the input, I'll pass the information along. I have a small handful
    friends who are blind and they lean on me to help them. I haven't figured out
    since I really don't know a thing about their applications but I seem to do go
    by them.

    The federal agency I work for uses JAWS for Windows. We are supporters of open sou
    works, so I was wonering what kind of
    support Orca has both for Windows as well as for commercial, enterprise level suppo
    you pay for?


    As far as I know, Orca is a Gnome project, so I doubt it will be easily portable to
    non POSIX Operating Systems.

    I have never given it a try. I might fire up some testing install just to check how
    good it is, if any.

    The Knoppix solution sounds also very promising, but it is not supposed to be a general purpose thing.

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  • From Robert Wolfe@1:116/18 to Richard Falken on Sun Nov 28 10:07:53 2021
    On 28 Nov 2021, Richard Falken said the following...

    Re: Re: Apps for the blind
    By: Robert Wolfe to Brian Rogers on Fri Nov 26 2021 01:15 pm

    On 25 Nov 2021, Brian Rogers said the following...

    Hello Richard;


    As far as I know, Orca is a Gnome project, so I doubt it will be easily portable to
    non POSIX Operating Systems.

    I would assume that if one used a toolset like CYGWIN, it could be a cross-platform tool and run on Windows as well.

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