Web browsing using speech software
- From: Craig March <cmarch gmx co uk>
- To: gnome-accessibility-list gnome org
- Subject: Web browsing using speech software
- Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2005 03:17:18 +0000
I apologise for the long post.
I'm a lurker of the mailing list due to my interest in accessibility. Although
I don't use GNOME (a KDE user), I am still interested in the discussions that
take place on this list, and to be honest, GNOME accessibility seems to be
As I understand it, there are some people on the list who use Gnopernicus for
accessibility, either speech or braille. My question for those who use the
speech engines is what browser do you use for internet use (if this is
possible) and if so, how well does the software work.
I'm specifically interested in Web access and using speech technology to
navigate and retrieve information from the web. My final year uni project has
involved me in researching this topic and evaluating the current status as
well as providing me with the opportunity to demonstrate possible solutions.
If anyone has any experience with the anything I have just mentioned I would
love to hear about it either on or off list.
I am actually in the process of trying to create an extension to the firefox
browser which will allow a pc user the ability to control the interface with
speech and listen to the web page contents using a text to speech engine.
Currently this is being programmed in Java using Sphinx and FreeTTS API's.
Does anybody have any thoughts on this? I wanted to be able to suggest
something that was platform independent, well developed and designed in such
a way that it could be extended (i.e. could utlilise other TTS engines, work
with other browsers and even other software).
Again, apologies for the long post, but any and all comments will be much
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