Screen reader for DOS needed

Andrews, David B (DEED) david.b.andrews at
Wed Sep 5 20:38:30 UTC 2012

I don't remember Provox supporting the Apollo, and I was the sales/marketing guy for it for a while.  
If it emulates something, like an Accent SA or a DEC-Talk, you might get it to work.

And as far as Braille support goes, none of the DOS stuff would support a modern USB refreshable Braille display.  Everything was serial.

-----Original Message-----
From: blinux-list-bounces at [mailto:blinux-list-bounces at] On Behalf Of Tony Baechler
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2012 9:06 AM
To: Linux for blind general discussion
Subject: Re: Screen reader for DOS needed

I can't help with Braille, but you could try Provox or JAWS for DOS.  Both should support the Apollo, but I'm sure JAWS does.  You could also try the ASAP and TinyTalk demos since neither are available commercially anymore. 
TinyTalk I'm pretty sure doesn't support Braille.  I'm almost positive that ASAP supports the Apollo.  Finally, there is Brltty for DOS, but I know nothing about it.  As I said, I don't use Braille.  I use Vocal-Eyes under dosemu and I know it has an Apollo driver, but it's commercial and still sells for $250 USD.  Sorry I don't have links for any of this, but you can try Google or I'm sure someone else here will post links.

On 8/31/2012 5:33 AM, Christian wrote:
> Sorry if being off topic, but I am searching for a screen reader for 
> DOS that either works with braille, Baum, Powebraille or Handytech. 
> I's also fine if it is just speech, and if it is, it should support an 
> external Apollo synthesizer.
> Many thanks for any help,
> Christian

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