[Athen] foreign language OCR and TTS

Maureen Bourbeau mbourbea at smith.edu
Mon Dec 20 12:00:07 PST 2010

Happy Holidays.........

I am looking for suggestions and best practices for OCR solutions for foreign language reading materials.
What is preferred OCR software? (for both quality and ease of use)
what is best format for output file? (.doc, .rtf, .pdf)
and what text-to-speech tools and voices are being used by the end user?

In addition to accessibility, our Language Resource Center is beginning to explore using foreign language TTS as a support tool to language learning. The goal would be to have properly formatted source materials that could be used with text reading software.

Thanks for any and all suggestions!

Maureen Bourbeau
Assistive Technology Specialist
Smith College and Mt Holyoke College

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