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Old 12-27-2014, 04:37 PM   #1
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Screen Reader - Help my wife out


So... the wife has embraced Linux (how refreshing from the way things were in the early 2000s). BUT she's virtually blind. Like you know the Big E on the eye chart? She can't see that and probably will never get her license renewed at this point. She's essentially gone blind.

So I installed orca, yay! But it doesn't work with Firefox (I'm running Linux Mint 17.1, its an ubuntu offshoot without the fancy unity front end.)

Any ideas on a screen reader for the visually impared for a browser? SHe just wants to be able to read a web page without having to get me to read it to her.
 
Old 12-27-2014, 05:02 PM   #2
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So... the wife has embraced Linux (how refreshing from the way things were in the early 2000s). BUT she's virtually blind. Like you know the Big E on the eye chart? She can't see that and probably will never get her license renewed at this point. She's essentially gone blind.

So I installed orca, yay! But it doesn't work with Firefox (I'm running Linux Mint 17.1, its an ubuntu offshoot without the fancy unity front end.)

Any ideas on a screen reader for the visually impared for a browser? SHe just wants to be able to read a web page without having to get me to read it to her.
Only saw one thing that might help:
http://firevox.clcworld.net/installa...inux_orca.html

But I'd also suggest trying Chrome or another browser.
 
Old 12-27-2014, 06:56 PM   #3
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Yea, tried chrome, have orca installed but orca only works with system windows (gnome-terminal for instance). It won't read web pages. Something that we could highlight text, right click and select 'read' would be useful.

8( this is a shame but I also don't have the time to fix whatever is broken between orca and firefox. We'll keep looking.
 
Old 12-27-2014, 08:05 PM   #4
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You might want to take a look at Sonar Linux.

Also, Going Linux recently did two podcasts about accessbility. They might help:

http://goinglinux.com/shownotes.html#glp256

http://goinglinux.com/shownotes.html#glp259
 
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Old 12-28-2014, 11:01 AM   #5
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I remember the creator of Knoppix also has a distro for vision impaired people too.

http://knopper.net/knoppix-adriane/index-en.html
 
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Old 12-28-2014, 01:38 PM   #6
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I'd agree with the above post to use Adriane Knoppix. I have it on a flash drive and Orca works fine on it including with the Iceweasel/firefox browser. Probably best to put it on a flash drive with persistence which is pretty easy to do with the Knoppix medium.
 
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