Re: PDF generated by LaTeX; Vinux Solution

  • From: Alex Midence <alex.midence@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2010 10:00:31 -0600

Hi, there,

A note on vinux from a recent convert:

It is simply amazing!  If you have not tried it out yet, do yourself a
favor.  It takes a bit of tinkering to get it to where you have it
like you want it but it is well worth it.  I have Gnome with orca
running in an x-windows session with Emacspeak running in one of the
virtual consoles and another console with just a prompt.  I don't much
care for the gnome terminal.  All of this, mind, on a virtual machine
with vmware so I can also have windows.  So, I've basically got four
screen readers, Jaws, orca, speakup and emacspeak which is technically
not a screen reader but a self-voicing interface, all running at the
same time in semiperfect harmony.  Best part about having cake is when
you get to eat it too.  It does use espeak but you don't have to stay
with it.  You can use Voxin which, I understand, is similar to if not
identical to eloquence but you have to install that yourself.  The
espeak that vinux comes with can be suped up with the sudo apt-get
install sonic command and then upgrading espeak with sudo apt-get
install espeak. You will  then have to type restorespeech to recompile
since the upgrade will break it at first.  You may have to reboot but
... once you do ... espeak works great at higher speeds.

On the topic of LaTx, you will probably find that the best solution
for any problem you are having with it is going to involve emacspeak.
The author goes into considerable detail on how well  LaTx works with
Emacspeak.  He did considerable research into using LaTx with speech
out put only in an intelligible manner and integrated it into
Emacspeak.  It's just quite a learning curve to get going.  Easiest
headstart I can give anyone based on my own muddles is below.  Note,
layed this out to work best for reading in braille and these
instructions assume you have vinux running already.

1. Add the Vinux test repositories to synaptic package manager so you
get emacspeak 32 that works with espeak out of the box and reload.
2.  Close synaptic and go to a terminal using control+alt+f1.
3. From here, put all this on the same line.  Note the semicolon:
     Sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install emacspeak
4.  Tell it you want espeak as the synth and none as the port.
5.  Tell it none again at the port prompt.
6.  Go have some lunch while it compiles.  When you come back, you
will have a prompt again.
7.  Hit the printscreen button to kill speak-up.  Don't worry, if you
want it back, just hit print screen again and it'll come back to life.
8.  Type emacspeak and you should hear it come up talking.

Now, here's how to move around in it.  Keep in mind, linux is case sensitive.

Where c = control and m = alt:

Screen prev & next = m-v and c-v respectively
Line prev and next = c-p and c-n respectively
Word prev and next = m-b and m-f respectively
Char prev and next = c-b and c-f respectively

Speech customization: (note c-e is the emacspeak prefix so, do a c-e
before you do anything that messes with speech just like I illustrate
below.  Only hold down c or m when I indicate it otherwise, hit the
subsequent keys independently.)
Speech rate = c-e followed by d and then r, you then enter a numeric
rate of words per minute like 200 or mine which is 375
Punctuation adjustment is c-e and then d and p afterwhich you type
none, some, most or all
Stop speech is c-e and then s
Audible icons which are just like Jaws sounds can be turned on by
first hitting c-e and then c-a

That should get you going at least.  You need to read all the manuals
you can.  Links are indicated by a lower voice.  You may not have time
to slog your way through emacspeak for your current project but if you
do a lot with LaTx, you may want to invest some time in it.  All the
people who use it rave and rant about how it is the single most
productive environment for a blind person to use for coding of any
kind.  I'm making it a mission in life to learn it right now as I have
time and am finding it simply amazing.  The amount of accessible stuff
out there is simply unbelievable.

Sorry about the ramble.  Hope it helps someone.
Alex M

On 11/8/10, black ares <matematicianu2003@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I am using Latex-access
> to make some readings both in braille and spoken.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "QuentinC" <webmaster@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Monday, November 08, 2010 6:49 AM
> Subject: Re: PDF generated by LaTeX; Vinux Solution
>>> how it works with math formulas?
>> I haven't tried yet, the book I converted was a programming book
>> But when I have time, I'll of course try.
>> P.S. I have installed the windows version, not the linux one
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