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Subject: Re: Idea Discussion: making voice more usable throughout Rock box

Re: Idea Discussion: making voice more usable throughout Rock box

From: Paul Louden <paulthenerd_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2010 12:56:19 -0500

Unfortunately, I find it a little hard to understand what exactly you're
saying in your message. For example, ".toc" files? Are you referring to
".talk" files?

Anyway, one important thing to keep in mind that while accessibility is
a significant goal of Rockbox, it isn't accessibility software.
Improvements to the accessibility must generally be weighed against the
impact they will have on its core roles as a music player software.

As it stands outside of plugins (which aren't a core role) there should
be little functionality denied unsighted users and in relationship to
audio file playback especially.

I'm not sure in which areas you're talking about integrating voice "more
tightly." It's a very vague phrase that doesn't really have any more
meaning on its own.

As for plugins, until such time as they're fully translated and
integrated into the language system it will simply be impossible to
extend voice to them in a useful and expandable way. There's already
been some work on this but as with many things, it's not an issue of
"what should be done?" so much as finding people willing to dedicate the
time to hammering it out and ensuring it all works well.

A good starting point, then, is to actually find and describe clear
problems that aren't known and discussed elsewhere on the list or in the
forums, and to make sure that when you do discuss them you're careful to
use the terms and spellings used in the manual so that time isn't wasted
in back and forth simply trying to understand what you're saying in the
first place.

That being said, don't expect much to come from many things - most
changes in Rockbox come when someone directly affected by something puts
in the work to change it. It's somewhat rare new features or
improvements happen by someone with no direct interest in the project
choosing to implement it. Bugs are different, though. If our manual says
something works a specific way, and it doesn't, or it crashes while
doing so there's generally some interest in getting the issue resolved.
Received on 2010-03-28


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