Console screenreaders

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Sun Oct 4 20:03:17 UTC 2020

Tim here.  If it helps (so to speak), nano *should* have an option to
turn off the help/status at the bottom either with the "-x" option on
the command-line or by adding

  set nohelp

to your ~/.nanorc file.  You can also get an additional line of
editing by either invoking it with the "-O" option or

  set morespace

in your ~/.nanorc file.  There's a pending patch to completely remove
the title-bar as well

but I'm not sure that it has officially made it into a release yet.
With that you can use the "-OO" option or put

  set notitlebar

in your ~/.nanorc

It's not my primary editor as I'm more of a vi/vim/ed sort of guy,
but at least nano offers some options to make it less chatty if you


On October  4, 2020, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> I've never used Tmux, but that sounds like a prime example of why I
> prefer SBL's less chatty nature to espeakup. To give a similar
> example with a program I use regularly, Nano defaults to having a
> title bar on the top and a status bar on the third line from the
> bottom(the bottom two lines are a command quick reference).
> Espeakup will read these everytime they change, but SBL will only
> read them if I use screen review to read them, and in most cases, I
> prefer not to hear what's on those lines(the one exception I can
> think of where I would prefer espeakup's chattier behavior is in
> the case of pressing ctrl+C, which prints current position on the
> status line(I also often care about the lines written when saving a
> file, but since I'm usually at the end of a file when saving, I can
> usually just use caps+pageDown to read from current position to end
> of screen instead of having to manully navigate to the status line
> with caps and up/down arrows like I usually have to do with current
> position since I usually do ctrl+c in the middle of a file).
> Admittedly, there are cases I wish I could switch between "read all
> newly displayed text" and "read only what I tell you to read" on the
> fly. I find the latter better for most things, but the former is
> nice when playing text adventures.
> -Jeffery
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