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Re: Need input on accessible technology in the Russian Far East

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Tue, 05 May 2009 10:58:41 +0200
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At 20:36 4/05/2009, Avi Arditti wrote:
>Greetings,
>
>First, a belated congratulations on WCAG 2.0! (I left the working 
>group several years ago.) I recently met a blind man in the Russian 
>Far East who works with young people with disabilities. He was 
>trying to find ways to obtain computers for them and accessible 
>technology like screen readers. He only has an early version of 
>JAWS. Does anyone have any suggestions?

There are "RealSpeak Solo Direct Voices for Freedom Scientific 
Products" 
<http://www.freedomscientific.com/downloads/RealSpeak-Solo-Direct-Voices/RealSpeak-Solo-Direct-Downloads.asp>, 
but these require JAWS 10 or later.

On Linux, there seems to be an alternative: Orca + eSpeak. In the 
eSpeak documentation, Russian is currently only listed as a 
"provisional language" (because of problems with word stress and the 
disctinction between "hard" and "soft" consonants) 
<http://espeak.sourceforge.net/languages.html>. I also found a 
message on the Orca list 
<http://mail.gnome.org/archives/orca-list/2007-October/msg00331.html> 
where someone pointed to a page about Russian on festival (another 
open-source TTS): <http://festlang.berlios.de/docu/doku.php?id=russianru>.

I hope this helps, but you may be more successful on the WAI-IG list.

Best regards,

Christophe


>Many thanks,
>Avi Arditti
>

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