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RE: Speech enabling software


From: Austin, Darrel
Date: Dec 15, 2005 10:20AM

> I dont think its aimed as a replacement for a screen reader,
> there is a small amount of interaction - you can get a list
> of links and goto a numbered link. It can highlight areas
> whilst speaking them - we havent included all of this
> functionality yet - which involves adding tags to the html code.

At readerspeak's own site, when I visit it, I have to click SAY IT and
then it pops up a separate window that just reads me the entire page. I
can't seem to interact with it all. Of course, clicking on a new page
requires me to close the old 'speak window' then re-click SAY IT to get
that page read to me.

I don't know if it's an option, but I'd think it'd be easier if the
audio player was actually embedded on the page itself so one didn't have
to deal with this additional window.

The framed version seems less than ideal too. Adding framesets to the
page would seem to add additional usability issues that may outweigh the
speech benefit.