Sonar GNU/Linux merges with Vinux

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Mon Apr 24 09:11:00 UTC 2017

Yes, hopefully Microsoft will help out the project, by giving us Linux
	users the ability to type in Grade two. Still haven’t found a
	way to read books in Linux though, especially Braille books, or
	EPUB, although I could download the Braille from NLS or
	Bookshare and read that way if I found a program that saves my
	place in them. Yes, I tried Emacs, but BRLTTY doesn’t seem to
	see capitalization in Emacs which is odd, but I’d probably
	prefer a pager or something anyways unless there really is
	something out there that console folks use for /reading/.
Sent from Discordia using Gnus for Emacs.
Email: r.d.t.prater at
Long days and pleasant nights!

Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at> writes:

> And now BrlTTY is being used in Windows Narrator.
> Lloyd Rasmussen, Senior Staff Engineer
> National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped,
> Library of Congress
> Washington, DC 20542   202-707-0535
> The preceding opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those
> of the Library of Congress, NLS.
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> Subject: Re: Sonar GNU/Linux merges with Vinux
> heh. yeah, right. "gold standard"? more like the 1 troy oz. of gold
> required to buy it!
> Now, as for which is better? Neither! each can do some things the
> other can't. However, NVDA is quickly catching up to the capabilities
> of JAWS (and already has a substantially greater user base).
> Now, as for the screen reader keystroke commonality among the various
> screen readers? not entirely sure that would be possible. NVDA and
> jaws are close. ORCA (for Linux) can be customized similarly, but its
> a lot of work. The nice thing I like about BrlTTY, ORCA, emacspeak or
> some of the other Linux based accessibility tools is that separate
> drivers don't have to be installed in order to make an external
> braille device work. They just work (same for apple, btw). Now, I have
> used both BrlTTY and ORCA since Ubuntu 10.04 and had very little
> issues with them. SOme things might get a bit quirky, but are
> reasonably stable. On windows, NVDA is getting better, but the issue
> there isn't the screen reader (either jaws or NVDA), its the OS (which
> is a FUBAR Kludge IMHO). So, in a lot of ways, we are better off with
> the Open Development environment, a greater access to some tools and
> the ability to share without having to let the evil overlord know what
> it is we want to do. Now, I do te!
>  nd to don
>  ate to those projects that are worthwhile and some of them are on
> Linux and only 1 is on windows. sure, its a couple of dollars a month,
> but its worth it.
> -eric
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