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Subject: New blind developer / Rockbox / rbutility / Accessibilty / Linux / Gnome / Orca / SAPI

New blind developer / Rockbox / rbutility / Accessibilty / Linux / Gnome / Orca / SAPI

From: Thomas Lloyd <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 22:55:24 +0100

Hi All,

Due to the brilliant work from the Sansa V2 team on here i am running
rockbox again. I was a real time systems developer who lost his sight in
2006. Now I dedicate my time to improve accessibility for people with
sight loss. The Rockbox project is unique for its consideration of the
visually impaired user, therefore it has my full support and time.

This e-mail is just to say hi and let people know I am on hand to help
out any way I can, suggestions welcome.

It would be nice to get talking with the people who are focused on
working on accessibility on Rockbox so that i can join in.

I have just put forward a small command line tool for rbutil that should
help to make the SAPI integration more flexible and work toward cross
platform support for SAPI voices.

Depending on the rbutil guys i would love to see an option where the
SAPI voices can be accessed in any WINE compatible platform, Linux, Mac
etc from the native rbutil app. This has a huge advantage for users with
more exotic languages. As someone who uses a lot of speech enabled
applications i enjoy a nicer sounding voice where ever possible.

My side project open-sapi ( has take
the SAPI engine and has it running in Ubuntu with Gnome and Orca. I have
taken this work and translated in to a usable application for

I am a Linux and Gnome user, the screen reader on Gnome that i currently
use is Orca. The rbutil as it stands is totally inaccessible using my
setup. I would like to help get this working and i'm not afraid of some
hard work. If it is accessibility related then please suggest it and I
am happy to work on it.

The description of what I am currently working on is not very clear but
feel free to e-mail me directly if your want a better idea of what i am
trying to do.

Tom L (notlistening)

Received on 2009-06-10

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