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Re: [school-discuss] special needs Linux tools
You can install eflite. After you do so, when you
reinstall emacspeak eflite will show up as an one of the speech
synthesizer options. THere are several other packages involved
with eflite, I believe.
On 6/25/05, Gordon J. Holtslander <holtslander@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Emacspeak looked appealing to me so I tried installing it on my system. The
install is fairly simple, but it appears to need a version of IBM's ViaVoice
for linux, that does not appear to available any longer. I've asked
Emacspeak's developer for more information.
On June 24, 2005 01:51 pm, Daniel Howard wrote:
> Thanks Gord, this looks very attractive for some of the visually-impaired
> kids, I'll check it out. I just installed MS Office 2000 on the refurb PC
> that we just put in the class so I could run PowerTalk for the visually
> impaired kids. Wish it worked with OpenOffice...
> Two of the Win/Mac applications that are of great interest and used often
> in the special needs class are the Edmark (now Riverdeep) Let's Go Read
> series and the Laureate software Talk Time with Tucker and Tiger's Tale,
> all of which encourage children to talk (or at least vocalize) in order to
> make things happen on the screen. Neither of these titles are available in
> Linux, although I've noticed some of Riverdeep's other titles like Reader
> Rabbit being available in Linux now. And I found that a conventional PC
> microphone did have the quality and volume required for these titles, and
> so have installed a USB mic which does work well with the software titles.
> I also changed the subject heading to better reflect this thread.
> At 01:43 PM 6/24/2005, you wrote:
> >Does anyone have experience with emacspeak
> >this may provide the sound interface Daniel is interested in.
> >The emacspeak release (version 22.0-1) is fairly new, but much of the
> >supporting documentation is a few years old.
> >Both KDE and Gnome have accessibility projects
> >KDE http://accessibility.kde.org/
> >The applications from KDE's accessibility project are now part of the
> >KDE applications from version 3.4 and up.
> >Xandros uses KDE
> >On June 24, 2005 06:56 am, Daniel Howard wrote:
> > > Does Xandros/Crossover give good support for sound, microphone and
> > > USB/serial ports? That's one of the issues in a special needs class in
> > > our school. The special needs software uses microphone input for
> > > children with speech impediments, and there are also several USB/serial
> > > communication devices (touchscreens, communication assistance devices,
> > > etc.) that we need to support. Since Wine and Win4Lin often do not
> > > support such devices, I'm stuck with using Windows2000 refurbished PCs
> > > (XP won't run much of the older software) and am concerned about
> > > hooking them to the Internet for the same reasons below.
> > >
> > > Daniel
> > >
> > > At 07:22 AM 6/24/2005, you wrote:
> > > >On Thu, 23 Jun 2005, Daniel Howard wrote:
> > > > > By the way, I set up a conference call yesterday with our four
> > > > > principals, who are either switching to Linux K12LTSP or
> > > > > considering it, and two other
> > > >
> > > >...
> > > >
> > >
> 2. The
other K12LTSP principal said he still had Windows
> > > > > 95/98 PCs at his school in order to run legacy Windows software,
> > > > > but that he would not let them be connected to the Internet as a
> > > > > measure to prevent viruses and other malware. The Linux thin
> > > > > clients are the only ones that can access the Internet.
> > > >
> > > >I'd be curious to know what legacy software, and if any attempt has
> > > > been made to run it on a Xandros with Crossover. I've had excellent
> > > > results using this.
> > > >
> > > >--christine
> > >
> > > Daniel Howard
> > > President and CEO
> > > Quadrock Communications, Inc
> > > 404.264.9123 main
> > > 678.528.5839 fax
> > > 404.625.1593 cell
> >Gordon J. Holtslander / Dept. of Biology
> >holtslander@xxxxxxxxxxxxx / University of Saskatchewan
> >tel 306 966-4433 / 112 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK Canada
/ S7N 5E2
> Daniel Howard
> President and CEO
> Quadrock Communications, Inc
> 404.264.9123 main
> 678.528.5839 fax
> 404.625.1593 cell
Gordon J. Holtslander / Dept. of Biology
holtslander@xxxxxxxxxxxxx / University of Saskatchewan
tel 306 966-4433 / 112 Science Place
fax 306 966-4461 / Saskatoon, SK Canada