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Subject: Rockbox for the visually impaired.

Rockbox for the visually impaired.

From: Fred Maxwell <>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 19:07:27 -0400

Manuel wrote:

> In the requested features I saw a request for visually
> impaired settings. I would very much support that. Beeps for
> different files or folders. Even better would be to have
> talking menus, if possible. When entering the main menu, a
> little mp3 file could tell you "General settings" When moving
> down another file would be triggered and tell you "record
> settings" and so on. Is that technically possible?

I think that it would be possible to have low bit-rate mono MP3s stored in
the RAM for use by the visually impaired. What about the spoken letters of
the alphabet, numbers, and symbols plus common words? That would allow AJB
to "say" things like

"Folder" "T" "H" "E" "space" "B" "E" "A" "T" "L" "E" "S"

... and ...

"MP3" "Y" "E" "S" "T" "E" "R" "D" "A" "Y"

I admit that it's not going to make the AJB a pleasure for the visually
impaired, but it would make it usable in ways that it is not now.

These spoken words, phrases, and characters could be loaded from hard disk
and unloaded when music was playing. That would also allow one to easily
create versions for the visually impaired in multiple languages. Thoughts?

  Fred Maxwell
Received on 2003-09-23

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