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Re: Text-to-speech feature: a real help ?

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:53:07 +0000
Message-ID: <4F43AFD3.9000807@splintered.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
On 21/02/2012 14:46, Terrill Bennett wrote:
> I have to ask...
> 1) If the user requires text-to-speech to understand your site, how did
> the user GET to your web site in order to benefit from this technology?
> ("Magic" is not an acceptable answer).
> 2) If the user requires text-to-speech to understand your site, and
> since users spend most of their time on OTHER web sites... what do they
> use when they leave your site?
> Answering these two questions will probably answer your original question.

I have to agree with Terrill's sentiment here. I've been known to be 
quite critical of these sorts of site-specific tools (a particular pet 
hate of mine has been BrowseAloud in the past) - though I'd even include 
things like text size switchers and colour changers to the list, as 
they're again site-specific.

It's likely that users that need those sorts of tools have them 
installed on their machine already. The only use case that is then cited 
is "what about if they're not on their own machine...maybe in a library 
or an internet cafe, where they can't install anything" - which I'd 
still argue is then the responsibility of the library/cafe to provide 
assistive tech and relevant configuration options, rather than the 
burden being shifted onto each individual site.


> At 09:17 AM 2/21/2012, Régine Lambrecht wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> do you have references on how impaired users consider text-to-speech
>> alternative, such as Readspeaker (http://www.readspeaker.com).
>> Is it a good feature to add to a page that *is already accessible* ?
>> Does it help impaired users or do they consider this negatively (maybe
>> because you can’t skip paragraphs or easily read again words, for
>> instance?) ?
>> Thank you for your input
>> *Régine Lambrecht
>> *E-fficiency Coordinator
>> Prevention Advisor

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