Hello Neophyte,
Well, you can play some interactive fiction games on the brail note. Basically, you just play the games like Dragon, gormeay, adventure and stuff. Their is a sight with other brail note games, but I am sorry to say that they only work if you no brail. If you don't no brail, you could use the speech, but if your interested in brail, you might have to learn brail. Or you might have to learn without brail on the brail note, just the speech, but I am telling you this, and I am warning you, this isn't a rude comment, but the brail note isn't like a computer layout. I mean, their is an empower brail note, its old, but humonware don't add features that offen. If I'm correct, their is a brail note with keys like computers on it, but I might be wrong all the same. I can't tell you all about the brail note on the list, but you might have to contact me offlist. On the subject of interactive fiction games, some of them might have sounds on the brail note, but that actually depends on which enterpriter you use. Um, also, some interactive fiction games are fun, some not. Anyways, that is all I could tell you. If you want to contact me offlist about the brail note, send an email to.
muhamme...@gmail.com

----- Original Message ----- From: "shaun everiss" <sm.ever...@gmail.com>
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Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2010 5:10 PM
Subject: Re: [Audyssey] Winfrotz TTS


well once  I get a linux box I may start old gaming again.
I have loads and loads of games from old floppies.
when my floppies started going bad and before they got to bad I backed these on cd and then to my hard drives later on.
I have about 130mb of old stuff.
sadly most of it is old programs and dos games but there are games and such for inform tads and agt though unless there is an general agt runner for linux I have no idea how to play those.
Actually I need to see where the heck to fit a linux system.
At 03:35 a.m. 5/11/2010, you wrote:
Hi Michael,
That's actually one of the reasons I have taken to playing interactive
fiction type games on linux using Speakup. Since many VI users, such
as those who run Vinux, still very much use the console and console
applications with speakup you can load up your favorite IF title in
frotz and it is not all that different than the Dos days.  On Windows
with the development of screen readers like Jaws, Window-eyes, and on
linux the Orca screen reader just don't handle console applications as
well as the console screen readers do. Dos screen readers are a tthing
of the past on Windows systems, but on Linux there is Yasr and Speakup
to access the console. That's why Linux users are still able to access
scare and frotz more or less like the old Dos days.

Cheers!

On 11/4/10, Michael Feir <michael.f...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Neofite. Welcome aboard. I've been following your entrance onto the > list
> with some interest. Interactive fiction has somewhat faded from
centre stage
> over the years since I started Audyssey Magazine. Audio arcade games > have
> given us less cerebral alternatives as graphics did for the
sighted. Another
> problem has been that interactive fiction has become harder to properly
> access. In the days of Dos, I could use my screen-reader to review text > and
> the current move would automatically be read out loud. Winfrotztts only
> offers us a partial solution. The current move is read aloud but one > cannot > review it as you could with a screen-reader. Also, the hints and help > menus
> don't work very well at all since the current option isn't tracked or
> announced. This makes getting into the games harder for newcommers. We
> either need an interpreter which lets modern screen-readers work with > the
> same facility that they let us access web pages, or a self-voicing
> interpreter which esentially lets us review text and everything like a
> screen-reader would. At the moment, we have neither. David Kinder says > it's
> because of how text is sent to the screen so that it looks better. He
> indicated to me that he was too busy to work on a better solution for > us. > The current version of his windowsfrotz does have the ability to read > text > as it is output but is like Winfrotztts in that it doesn't let one > review
> the text properly or deal with the help menus well.
> Michael Feir
> Author of Personal Power:
> How Accessible Computers Can Enhance Personal Life For Blind People
> 2006-2008
> www.blind-planet.com/content/personal-power
>
> A Life of Word and Sound
> 2003-2007
> http://www.blind-planet.com/content/life-word-and-sound
>
> Creator and former editor of Audyssey Magazine
> 1996-2004
> Check out my blog at:
> www.michaelfeir.blogspot.com
>

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