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

From: G F Mueden <gfmueden@verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 11:06:06 -0500
Message-id: <FCE6CC7B5B264B37872455F2CC3303F7@LENOVO708B8F82>
To: "Terrill Bennett" <list.w3c@spam-message.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
As one with poor sight who still reads, I may have gotten there by clicking 
on a link and found that reading the long text was too much because I need 
200% and bold print making for slow reading.  Text to speech might help.

I went to there, saw a messy site, clicked on the demo link, and heard 
nothing.  (Not set to mute; I checked by hitting Caps Lock and it beeped.)
Why start a demo of this sort by clicking on an image?  How does the image 
help?  I couldn't make head nor tail of it.  Give me an elderly friendly 
button with a label with my choice of font.  When the audience is poorly 
sighted, simplicity is #1; nothing distracting.

George ===gm===

 and that trxt to speech would help.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Terrill Bennett" <list.w3c@spam-message.com>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 9:46 AM
Subject: Re: Text-to-speech feature: a real help ?

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 

Answering these two questions will probably answer your original question.

-- Terrill --

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>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
Received on Tuesday, 21 February 2012 16:06:50 UTC

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