well those kind of apps were around since, even 2000. if you go on the old main menu archives you can get audio demos of them. They usually relied on microsoft agent (the character thingies that pop up and do stuff, they can use sapi to speak) to do things such as say date/time, speak the clipboard, do a reminder or even read out the mail to you. A good example of such an app that's still around is cyber buddy. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Thomas Ward" <thomasward1...@gmail.com>
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Sent: Saturday, December 25, 2010 9:33 PM
Subject: Re: [Audyssey] Accessibility Article


Hi Dark,

Smile. Well, glad to help. Actually, there have been a number of
mainstream programs out there like this that use Sapi voices. Text To
Audio, Text Aloud, and the Cepstral voices comes with a program called
Swift Talker or something like that. People have been buying and using
these types of programs for years in the publishing industry, and
that's not the only use for them either.

As I said earlier Sapi voices are employed in all kinds of mainstream
applications. For example, Omnipage, written by Scansoft, uses the
Scansoft voices to read aloud scanned documents in Omnipage. I imagine
this feature wasn't added just for accessibility, but is appreciated
by corperations that would like to have documents read aloud as they
are scanned etc. This is another case in point how adding
accessibility into a product from the start just works out for
everybody.
Anyway, if you want your writer friends to get a nice text to audio
type program tell them to head over to
http://www.nextup.com
and check out Text Aloud as well as the various voices they have
available for it.

Cheers!

On 12/25/10, dark <d...@xgam.org> wrote:
Ah, good to know tom.

I feel rather a fool sinse I've been using realspeak daniel as my default
sapi voice for years but didn't look into this.

Stil, I'm glad it's out there.

I've actually had none sited friends of mine interested in such a program as
well, those who write for example.

Beware the Grue!

dark.

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