linux music tools It is quite possible and was done all the time in the bad

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Wed Jul 29 10:25:56 UTC 2015

If you have to use dos, screen readers exist all be it with discontinued 
support.  Jaws for dos can be downloaded from the freedomsdcientific ftp 
site when you find it.  Since support got discontinued you don't get 
charged for the download.  Another one is provox 7.5 written by Chuck 
Hallenbeck.  Provox needs a supported hardware speech synthesizer to 
work and I've read jaws for dos can do hardware of sound card but I have 
never tested the sound card part of that claim.  It's hard to find 
tinytalk in a whole package any longer but that had hardware screen 
reader support and limited sound card support but could only use com1 
and com2 at last version.

On Tue, 28 Jul 2015, Christopher Chaltain wrote:

> Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:02:17
> From: Christopher Chaltain <chaltain at>
> Reply-To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> Subject: Re: linux music tools It is quite possible and was done all the time
>     in the bad
> There's also Orca which you can use with a terminal.
> It is true that there were a lot of commercial screen readers for DOS when 
> DOS was the only operating system used on PC's, at least for the most part. I 
> don't think there are any screen readers for DOS now, and if there were, 
> they'd focus on those applications people run from the DOS command line, 
> leaving the GUI screen readers to work with the GUI applications people use, 
> which isn't unlike what we have now on Linux.
> I also don't understand the statements about scripting in Linux. Your BASH 
> script, assuming BASH is the shell you're running, can be just as simple as 
> any DOS batch file. DOS batch files couldn't do much more than branch and 
> loop around command line calls, and if that's all you want to do in BASH then 
> you can definitely do that. Is the problem here that in DOS you had commands 
> named del, ren and copy, and in Linux those same commands are called rm, mv 
> and cp. If so, that should be a pretty easy transition to make.
> On 07/28/2015 05:37 PM, Hart Larry wrote:
>> I like your comments Sam. And yes while there seems much more
>> developement of Linux tools than DOS, why is it we have many less
>> screen-reader options? In a non-graphical console, I count only these
>> screen-readers:
>> Jupiter
>> Speakup
>> Maybe emacsspeak
>> WB and clifox
>> Unfortunately Speakup seems to be an only choice I have with a DecTalk U
>> S B? Jupiter worked with my older DEC PC.  At least many of DOS
>> screen-readers were commercial-and-they had lots of features, such as
>> ajustable pronunciation dictionaries. So in these cases a screen-reader
>> is both a comfortable listening as well as typing experience. And no,
>> Sam, after nearly 9 consecutive years in strictly Linux, I never have
>> been able to understand-and-jump from writing simple DOS batch files to
>> understanding nor writing Linux scripts or aliases. In DOS the commands
>> seemed understandable to a non-programmer. So while these days I only
>> run DOS from Linux, I can certainly understand-and-appreciate why some1
>> would want to remain in mostly DOS. Thanks once again for
>> listening--and-yes I understand if I were able to created, I would be
>> able to enjoy dreams-and-inhancements on this Debian machine such as an
>> easier mp3editor, or create software to normalize videos in a directory.
>> Hart
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