Console screenreaders

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Sun Oct 4 13:26:01 UTC 2020

I'm a heavy user of GNU screen myself. Can't imagine my console life
without it. I especially like the ability to detach and reattach a
running screen session.

There are a couple settings one can apply to make screen a bit more
friendly for TTS screen reading. I don't remember them off the top of my
head. If someone asks, I should be able to dig them out of my .screenrc.



Linux for blind general discussion writes:
> Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at> writes:
> > Tim here.  If you need a larger cut-and-paste buffer, I strongly
> > suggest tinkering with a terminal multiplexer like either tmux or GNU
> > screen.  I use tmux primarily for the multiplexing, split windows,
> > the ability to detach & reattach, and the silence/activity monitoring.
> > But as an added benefit, I can set my scroll-back buffer-size to
> > thousands of lines letting me copy/paste from it, even if my actual
> > terminal is only 80 by 25.
> When I've tried tmux, I've found oddities that made it slightly less
> pleasant to use with a console screen reader.  I know in my case the
> split windows and status bars etc are not wanted.  I wonder if anyone
> has tried to work out screen-reader-friendly configurations.  I haven't;
> GNU Screen has been good enough for me, and I've used it for many years.
> -- Chris
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Janina Sajka

Linux Foundation Fellow
Executive Chair, Accessibility Workgroup:

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Co-Chair, Accessible Platform Architectures

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