Sonar GNU/Linux merges with Vinux

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Fri Apr 28 06:33:45 UTC 2017

Yes, Unicode would allow access to math content, I think, not sure
	exactly what MathML renders as, but still, I want Linux to at
	least look good when I start advertising it. I /know/ we can do
	what Apple has done with the Mac, and better. On the surface,
	the Mac looks cool and collected, but underneath, it’s just a
	cobbled together bunch of "hope this works" kind of things for
	Voiceover at least. We, however, with freedom, can not only hope
	it works, but know it works. We have the ability to create a
	strong foundation, something Apple, Google, and Microsoft have
	not done. Or, we can go the Jaws rout, and script for every
	eventuality. Whichever way we choose, if I am to bring success
	for the young who choose Linux, I need to be able to give them
	reasons why they should choose Linux, besides the fact that
	they’ll be out of Microsoft’s reach, which has already brought
	some to Linux, on [[][Audio games
	forum]] but Facebook is booming, and, besides the ability to
	access Emoji and such, if the blind youth can access math
	symbols and all, we could even see blind people bringing their
	laptops running Linux to school, showing it off, impressing
	people with, if not high quality speech, then high quality
	accessibility and such. It’ll just take people who are willing
	to work on this, program this, make it look good and be good at
	the same time!
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Long days and pleasant nights!

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

> Tony Baechler here.
> You're right. I hadn't thought of that. My ancient DECtalk Express
> doesn't do Unicode. Windows screen readers do Unicode. Even Android
> does Unicode. I would think there might be a way to borrow from
> Google. They developed a screen reader for Android which is based on
> Linux. Oh yes, they would definitely notice if Unicode is missing. I
> don't really see them using emacs. There are lots of other practical
> reasons to support Unicode, even though I don't like it. I agree that
> Speech Dispatcher is probably the better place to start. That not only
> gives Orca Unicode support but Speakup and anything else which uses
> it.
> On 4/27/2017 5:36 AM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> Then we'd better get eSpeak supporting Unicode pronunciation before I
>> 	can confidently recommend anything besides Emacspeak to younger
>> 	generations. Otherwise, they’ll turn back to iOS, and Voiceover,
>> 	which can speak Emoji and such, pretty quickly. I know, I’m not
>> 	a developer so it probably won’t happen until Reece gets to the
>> 	bottom of the to do list and gets the strings translated to all
>> 	102 languages, but really, it needs doing. I have several ways
>> 	to get the word out, but if we are to be successful, we can’t
>> 	have this glaring emission to tell teens/Young adults about, and
>> 	believe me, they’ll notice. Facebook, Twitter, even chatting
>> 	programs like Skype, are full of Unicode characters, and its
>> 	about time our synthesizers, or synthesizer managers, get with
>> 	the times.
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