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Subject: RE: Rockbox for the visually impaired.

RE: Rockbox for the visually impaired.

From: Aman Singer <>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 03:24:12 -0400

        This sounds like a great idea. What I'd particularly like to see
is something that would tell me how each setting is set. For example, is
resume on or off in the menus? What's the volume control set at? I know
this would be very slow, but rockbox could probably get its mp3 files
from a directory on the disk, rather than from memory, thus saving

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Fred Maxwell
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2003 7:07 PM
Subject: Rockbox for the visually impaired.

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.

  Fred Maxwell
Received on 2003-09-23

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