[WebAIM] [Athen] online text to speech
ea at emptech.info
Tue Aug 7 00:50:11 PDT 2012
I don't normally advertise a browser based toolbar and this one is
definitely not a replacement for screen reading or full magnification needed
to access all technologies. But if you want to offer people a free open
source toolbar with TTS that you can build to suit your needs, add to your
website or offer as a bookmark there is ATbar (www.atbar.org) We can help
you add your own logo and more languages if required - see the marketplace
and API menu links.
This is a 'work in progress' project - so any ideas for improvements and new
plugins would be welcomed.
Best wishes E.A.
Mrs E.A. Draffan
ECS, University of Southampton,
Tel +44 (0)23 8059 7246
Mobile +44 (0)7976 289103
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[mailto:webaim-forum-bounces at list.webaim.org] On Behalf Of Ryan Hemphill
Sent: 06 August 2012 22:46
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] [Athen] online text to speech
We use ReadSpeaker on our platform but we don't consider it to be a 'screen
reader' because it cannot handle interactive sites. The only people that
benefit from the ReadSpeaker tech are usually sighted users. It certainly
doesn't qualify as a comprehensive solution.
On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 5:15 PM, Pratik Patel <pratikp1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello Marshall,
> Disclaimer, I am the owner of a consulting firm which works with many
> colleges and universities about their web strategies, accessibility
> design, and usability.
> Generally, we do not recommend that you employ services like this for
> making web sites accessible. It is unlikely to meet the needs of most
> of your users who rely on assistive technology. Users who do rely on
> assistive technology will often bring their own assistive technology
> to experience your web site.
> Purchasing this option does not solve a fundamental problem for your site.
> That is-your web site needs to be accessible first in order to make
> this service work well. If it is not, then either this service or the
> the assistive technology that your visitors will be using will not be
> able to access your site effectively. Services like these are often
> marketed as magical solutions that will solve all your problems. But
> conducting development in the right way will often solve more problems
> than using services such as this one.
> If your web developers would like training, testing services, or other
> assistance on making your web site more friendly to visitors with
> disabilities, please do not hesitate to contact us.
> Warm regards,
> Pratik Patel
> CEO, EZFire
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> [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of
> Marshall Bryant
> Sent: Monday, August 06, 2012 4:57 PM
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> Cc: itd-jnl-listserv.icors.org; DSSHE-L-LISTSERV.BUFFALO.EDU
> Subject: [Athen] online text to speech
> Is anyone familiar with the online speech to text service Readspeaker?
> I happened to run across the DSS website at Ohio State and they are
> using this to read the content of their web site. I want to make our
> school's website accessible with the speaking option, but this is the
> only service I have seen in use so far (and it sounds expensive). I
> also am curious if there is anything else out there that can do this
> for a low cost or even free.
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