Text-to-Speech Solutions for KDE 4 Accessibility

KDE User and Administrator Conference

KDE Developers and Users Conference 2005

Speakers: Gary Cramblitt, Hynek Hanke, and Jan Buchal

Language: English


Check the Schedule for an overview of all talks during this conference.


Target Audience: KDE Accessibility Developers and general KDE Developers

Qt4 offers the GUI framework that will finally make it possible to implement a KDE Screen Reader for the blind or low-sighted. A key component that will be needed is a Text-to-Speech (TTS) module. This talk will present two existing TTS systems as possible solutions -- the KDE Text-to-Speech System (KTTS) and Speech Dispatcher.

KTTS is an existing KDE capability included in the kdeaccessibility module. Speech Dispatcher is a system developed by Brailcom.

The KTTS and Speech Dispatcher teams are currently working to merge their efforts together into a single solution. Depending upon the progress made towards that goal, this talk will either present them as a single solution for KDE, or as alternatives. In the latter case, pros and cons for each will be discussed.

The talk will include:

  • A demonstration of existing capabilities.
  • Design objectives and architecture.
  • Recent and planned enhancements.
  • Known limitations.
  • Programming examples.

References:

http://accessibility.kde.org/developer/kttsd/index.php

http://www.freebsoft.org/speechd

Facility Requirements:

  • A means of projecting notebook computer screen.
  • A means of connecting audio output from notebook computer to amplifier.

Gary Cramblitt, Hynek Hanke, and Jan Buchal


Suggestions and inquiries direct please to KDE aKademy Team.

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