Dos screen reading package with braille output needed

John G. Heim jheim at
Fri Apr 23 16:38:02 UTC 2010

I missed the original message in this thread but if someone is looking for a 
DOS screen reader, jaws for DOS is a free download from 

I'm assuming jaws for DOS has braille support.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jude DaShiell" <jdashiel at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Friday, April 23, 2010 3:40 AM
Subject: Re: Dos screen reading package with braille output needed

> I've not had any refreshable braille devices for several years.  That 
> being said though, mskermit for dos with its script feature is easy and 
> powerful enough that someone with a knowledge of the special codes needed 
> by the braille device could write mskermit scripts and have mskermit 
> handle that braille device.  Another possibility would be the commo 
> package though the script language is more complex for commo.  An entry in 
> autoexec.bat to run the communications package with a command line script 
> written by a user could reach out to the braille device and wake it up and 
> get it going.  There's an expect/wait syntax for kermit scripts along with 
> a set command to set things like com ports and speed and the like.  The 
> output command sends commands down the port line which is com1 unless 
> changed by a user or script then you have an input statement and specify 
> what you expect the device to send back to mskermit.  Then it's a matter 
> of your selected interaction.  What's after input and output is in double 
> quotes and hex characters like carriage return line feed are written like 
> \13.On Fri, 9 Apr 2010, Christian wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Yes, I know that BRLTTY exists, but I couldn't get it to work so my 
>> question is any other alternative that supports the baum or powebraille 
>> braille devices?
>> Many thanks,
>> Christian
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