Debian Accessibility Project
Summary
Console screen readers
Debian Accessibility Console (text-mode) screen readers

This metapackage will install packages which are useful for Console (text-mode) screen readers.

Description

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Debian Accessibility Console screen readers packages

Official Debian packages with high relevance

Brltty
Access software for a blind person using a braille display
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accessibilityinput, screen-reader
interfacetext-mode
roleprogram
scopeutility
uitoolkitncurses
usedriver
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BRLTTY is a daemon which provides access to the console (text mode) for a blind person using a braille display. It drives the braille display and provides complete screen review functionality. The following display models are supported:

  • Alva/Optelec (ABT3xx, Delphi, Satellite, Braille System 40, BC 640/680)
  • Baum
  • BrailComm
  • BrailleLite
  • BrailleNote
  • Cebra
  • EcoBraille
  • EuroBraille (AzerBraille, Clio, Esys, Iris, NoteBraille, Scriba)
  • Freedom Scientific (Focus and PacMate)
  • Handy Tech
  • HIMS (Braille Sense, SyncBraille)
  • HumanWare (Brailliant)
  • Iris
  • LogText 32
  • MDV
  • Metec (BD-40)
  • NinePoint
  • Papenmeier
  • Pegasus
  • Seika
  • Tieman (Voyager, CombiBraille, MiniBraille, MultiBraille, BraillePen/EasyLink)
  • Tivomatic (Albatross)
  • TSI (Navigator, PowerBraille)
  • VideoBraille
  • VisioBraille

BRLTTY also provides a client/server based infrastructure for applications wishing to utilize a Braille display. The daemon process listens for incoming TCP/IP connections on a certain port. A shared object library for clients is provided in the package libbrlapi0.6. A static library, header files and documentation is provided in package libbrlapi-dev. Bindings to other programming languages can be found in cl-brlapi (Lisp), libbrlapi-java (Java) and python-brlapi (Python).

Console-braille
Fonts and keymaps for reading/typing unicode braille
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accessibilityinput
made-offont
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This package includes

  • fonts with various sizes to render braille on the Linux console
  • keymaps to type braille as unicode characters on the Linux console.
Espeakup
Connector between speakup kernel modules and espeak
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accessibilityspeech
interfacedaemon
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Espeakup is a daemon that connects speakup kernel modules to the espeak software speech synthesizer through the /dev/softsynth device.

Screader
Screen reader using software or hardware speech synthesizer
Maintainer: Mario Lang
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The background program screader reads the screen and puts the information through to a software Text-To-Speech package (Like `festival') or a hardware speech synthesizer.

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Yasr
General-purpose console screen reader
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roleprogram
scopeutility
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Yasr is a general-purpose console screen reader for GNU/Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. The name "yasr" is an acronym that can stand for either "Yet Another Screen Reader" or "Your All-purpose Screen Reader".

Currently, yasr attempts to support the Speak-out, DEC-talk, BNS, Apollo, and DoubleTalk synthesizers. It is also able to communicate with Emacspeak servers and can thus be used with synthesizers not directly supported, such as Festival Lite (via eflite) or FreeTTS.

Yasr is written in C and works by opening a pseudo-terminal and running a shell, intercepting all input and output. It looks at the escape sequences being sent and maintains a virtual "window" containing what it believes to be on the screen. It thus does not use any features specific to Linux and can be ported to other Unix-like operating systems without too much trouble.

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