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Linux for the blind?

David Kramer <david at> writes:

> I had someone who is blind ask me about speech synthesis and screen 
> readers etc for Linix for blind people.  Of course I will scour the web 
> and do my own research, but I was wondering if anyone had experience with 
> any packages for this, or could suggest resources.
> My preliminary research turned up a lot of dead projects.  That's why I'm 
> asking.  Thanks.

Emacspeak comes to mind; lat time I looked into it, Emacspeak was 
the best Unix environment for visually-impaired computing. At the time
it required DECtalk to generate the spoken voice, but I believe recent 
versions of it now use the Festival voice synthesizer suite.

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