Console screenreaders

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Sat Oct 3 13:11:42 UTC 2020

I was present once when the developer of SBL, Marco Skambraks, did a
demo. He showed how SBL could let you work with Midnight Commander. I
was jealous to try SBL after that, but I never got it going at the time.


PS: Didier, I have an email address for him, should you need.

Linux for blind general discussion writes:
> Hello,
> I have found a source package for SBL:
> I will try to build it and add it to the Slint main repository
> Cheers, Didier
> Didier Spaier
> Slint maintainer
> Le 30/09/2020 à 20:54, Linux for blind general discussion a écrit :
> > I'm personally a fan of SBL, particularly for it's
> > hold down caps lock and use arrow keys to navigate the screen like a
> > text document" style of screen review and it generally only reading
> > the output from verbose commands that I tell it too instead of trying
> > to read absolutely everything like espeakup does... though admittedly,
> > I prefer espeakup's more verbose style when playing classic infocom
> > text adventures in Fizmo or Frotz since I don't have to manually
> > review the output of every action. I also find SBL works better with
> > scrolling curses-basedapps as espeakup has a bad habit of reading a
> > line that just scrolled on screen instead of the line that just came
> > into focus when the two happen simultaneously.
> > 
> > Sadly, SBL is, as far as I know, only available for OpenSUse and
> > Knoppix as a precompiled package, and even then, Knoppix only has an
> > i386 version and the .deb isn't readily available ever since Alioth
> > was taken offline and too the Knoppix repository with it. SBL isn't in
> > active development either as far as I know, though I can't say I've
> > noticed any issues with the current version's age.
> > 
> > About all I know about Fenrir is that it's userland-based while
> > espeakup requires the speakup kernel module and that it's written in
> > Python. I believe it also uses Speech dispatcher, which might make
> > using software speech synths other than espeak/espak-ng easier in some
> > cases(I've never had issues with espeak-ng, so I can't really comment
> > on other synths).
> > 
> > I know even less about YASR than Fenrir, but I understand it requires
> > a hardware speech synth to function properly.
> > 
> > 
> > -Jeffery
> > 
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Janina Sajka

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