Max Klein and I had a chat with someone from a similar group a couple
of years ago, and he reported much the same thing - the actual site
structure is pretty good for screenreaders and similar software, or
was in early 2013.

(His main suggestion was to look into improved audio "materials" -
recordings of what things sounds like, soundscapes, etc. - which we
don't really do much with. Andy Mabbett picked up part of this with
the Voice Intro Project, which is great, but the rest is still fertile

Anecdotally, I believe the "spoken Wikipedia" article recordings are
mainly used as surrogates for podcast-type use, rather than
accessibility purposes. However, if anyone has some firm numbers on
this (or even an indication of how much they're used at all...) I'd
love to know about it!


On 25 January 2015 at 12:00, Tomasz Ganicz <> wrote:
> We were discussing it with an association of blind people in Poland - and
> they told us - that for them the most important thing is clear and logic
> structure of the website - plain main text, menu/navigation in plain text
> and descriptions of media in plain text. They are using their own free
> text-to-speach software to which they are used to. Such software simply
> reads everything on the screen in the same neutral way. So they don't need
> any other tools for voice reading - if other websites provide it - they
> usually do not use it. Maybe in some other languages the situation is
> different - but it would be better to discuss it with relevant associations
> before investing time and money for such solutions. Fortunately, Wikipedia
> actually is quite  text-to-speach friendly at the moment.
> 2015-01-24 23:21 GMT+01:00 James Heilman <>:
>> While human read articles are great they quickly become out of date and are
>> available for only a fraction of our articles.
>> Why don't we have a "Listen" button beside our read button that when
>> clicked will read the article for the person in question?
>> There are 37 open source text-to-speech listed here
>> Some of them
>> support up to 50 languages. This of course would require the support of the
>> Wikimedia Foundation.
>> I guess we could also do it with a gadget initially. Thoughts?
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