[webwithout-ie] Fw: Web browsing using speech software

  • From: "david poehlman" <david.poehlman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <webwithout-ie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2005 08:08:45 -0500

This is good for moving in a direction of increased capability with user 
agents other than ie.

Johnnie Apple Seed
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Korn" <Peter.Korn@xxxxxxx>
To: "Craig March" <cmarch@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: <gnome-accessibility-list@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, February 18, 2005 2:11 AM
Subject: Re: Web browsing using speech software


Hi Craig,

It certainly is very attractive to have a stand-alone talking web browser, 
and
Firefox/Mozilla is an obvious choice of platform.  I certainly won't 
dissuade
you from using Java and FreeTTS.  You might find Sphinx a bit too early in 
its
development to be ready for you, but more power to you for working with it!

The other route to consider, however, is to join with others who are working
on Mozilla/Firefox/gecko XUL extensions to do more sophisticated content
browsing beyond the basic navigation work that Sun pioneered (see
http://www.mozilla.org/access/keyboard/proposal).  Much of this discussion 
is
happening in the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines group of the W3C (see
<w3c-wai-ua@xxxxxx>).  Minutes of the most recent meeting (from earlier 
today)
are at: http://www.w3.org/2005/02/17-ua-irc


Regards,

Peter Korn
Sun Accessibility team

Craig March wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> I apologise for the long post.
>
> I'm a lurker of the mailing list due to my interest in accessibility. 
> Although
> I don't use GNOME (a KDE user), I am still interested in the discussions 
> that
> take place on this list, and to be honest, GNOME accessibility seems to be
> ahead of KDE in terms of users, development and support.
>
> As I understand it, there are some people on the list who use Gnopernicus 
> for
> accessibility, either speech or braille. My question for those who use the
> speech engines is what browser do you use for internet use (if this is
> possible) and if so, how well does the software work.
>
> I'm specifically interested in Web access and using speech technology to
> navigate and retrieve information from the web. My final year uni project 
> has
> involved me in researching this topic and evaluating the current status as
> well as providing me with the opportunity to demonstrate possible 
> solutions.
> If anyone has any experience with the anything I have just mentioned I 
> would
> love to hear about it either on or off list.
>
> I am actually in the process of trying to create an extension to the 
> firefox
> browser which will allow a pc user the ability to control the interface 
> with
> speech and listen to the web page contents using a text to speech engine.
> Currently this is being programmed in Java using Sphinx and FreeTTS API's.
> Does anybody have any thoughts on this? I wanted to be able to suggest
> something that was platform independent, well developed and designed in 
> such
> a way that it could be extended (i.e. could utlilise other TTS engines, 
> work
> with other browsers and even other software).
>
> Again, apologies for the long post, but any and all comments will be much
> appreciated.
>
> Thanks again,
>
> Craig
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