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i am blind can someone help in telling me how to operate the features of making the computer read a


Posted by amir on July 12, 2001 11:04 AM

can someone help in telling me how to operate the features of making the computer read a written text. thank you in advance.
Amir



Posted by Ben O. on July 12, 2001 11:11 AM

Amir,

I responded to your last request, but perhaps you didn't notice it. Here it is again:

Microsoft makes a text-to-speech tool for developers called Microsoft Agent. Microsoft Agent can be downloaded for free from Microsoft's page, but it is not stand-alone and must be accessed by another program. There are many freeware text-to-speech programs that use Microsoft Agent available on the Internet. You can go to www.cnet.com for a list. The best one that I found is called Talking Box. I don't think the program is optimized for blind users, however, since it requires the user to select the text they want read.

Just today I found out about a program made specifically for reading text in Excel and Word called Sound-Proof 2000. I've included a link to a page with information about it. This program is not free, however, and the Excel and Word versions are separate.

Finally, there's a company called Lernount & Hauspie that specializes in text-to-speech technology. You can check out there website at www.lhsl.com.

I hope this helps,

-Ben