I agree with this point and I think that this problem is central.

People with defective vision already uses text-to-speech solutions as
client application.

So the problem is another: are the pages of Wikimedia projects adapted to
be read by TTL client program?

I think that the exaggerated use of templates is the main obstacle to have
wikimedia projects compatible with WAI standard (http://www.w3.org/WAI/).

So the question is different: before adapt the pages to WAI, after check
them with a TTL client program, and after define if it makes sense to
introduce a TTL integrated to the web interface.

Someone with low vision or blind probably cannot find or read the
instructions to use the TTL with Wikipedia, he has his own program and is
able to use it.


On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM, Tomasz Ganicz <polime...@gmail.com> 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.

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