FYI - Command Line Programs for the Blind

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Thu Apr 14 00:48:10 UTC 2022

As Kyle pointed out in a reply there's speech dictation for Chrome/Chromium based stuff.

Chime, I wasn't meaning to come at you swinging, more a hey, this is how it is sort of response to lear things up with an example you'd understand i.e. blindness is nott just fully blind or not blind at all. Same deal for other disabilities.

For Bluetooth, I'm not that familiar with it, but I do know Ubuntu Mate and probably stock Ubuntu using Gnome e desktop work with Bluetooth, but I've never used it so I can't say how good or bad it is, or how it works with a specific bit of tech like headphones or earbuds or something like that.

On Wed, Apr 13, 2022 at 05:40:40PM -0700, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Let me explain something, but I believe you just got mentioned on the list
> but I'm going to explain it just to clarify. Not all deaf blind people are
> completely deaf, and/or completely blind. Are probably thinking of "Helen
> Keller" that was a century ago. No technology, and certainly no very
> powerful hearing aids which in my case include Bluetooth audio. This is the
> reason why I was asking about Bluetooth and up. As of the type of severe
> hearing loss I have, thing to a computer from any distance can be a
> challenge. But if I can use Bluetooth audio in this case to listen to the
> speech if possible because I know will know operating system stayed some
> variants of Lennix. Is Bo Windows, and Mac, seem to present data is there
> are two different interfaces. Meaning speech, and braille. They are treated
> separately. Meaning depending on what you're doing, you get more feedback
> from speech that you will ever get written and braille. If I were able to
> get truly everything that comes across the screen and braille. I would still
> need Bluetooth access to systems sounds that are designed will alert 12
> system events, such as an error box, my download, other critical system
> events that there just isn't a way to print out what that issue could be. I
> hope this clarifies things.
> The thing that I think clearly may not exist at all in the LinuxWorld is how
> I'm writing this email. I'm dictating it. Because of the written expression
> disorder I mentioned. I would hazard a guess based on what I think I know.
> It's gonna be some time before that really happened. Because there isn't a
> "business necessity" that's from information systems school, I have a Bs
> remission system, and user support. University in Colorado.
> Thank you in advance for reading this, and I look for to reading your
> responses on the email list.
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> To be fair, Chime...deaf isn't binary, no sound or all sounds. It's a range
> just like blindness however so I get why the question about audio, but it's
> not really my place to go how deaf are you. That's insensitive, just as
> asking anyone on here how blind are you.
> Aftr all, I know the popular idea is oh, I'm blind, or oh I'm deaf, but
> there's a whole range within that category though.
> For audio, you have choices...
> Pulseaudio, which is, as far as I understand it, the legacy and one that's
> been around for ages and ages, and Pipewire, the replacement. I've had a lot
> of issues with Pipewire and virtual machines, and I'd argue Pipewire's still
> too raw for the majority of Linux folks to use unless they are the super
> leet hax0r types that feel okay doing a ton of stuff that's way, way above
> power user levels.*
> Plus, Pulseaudio, in my experience at least using a fairly standard USB
> headset and earbuds in a 3.5mm jack...ust works out of the box on distros.
> * It may have changed and become more stable. I'm not sure. I defaulted to
> Pulse on my Arch box because I didn't want to go in and test out if Pipewire
> works with my hardware setup...whereas Pulse just worked right away with no
> fuss bar me accidentally messing up device selection one time
> On Wed, Apr 13, 2022 at 05:03:59PM -0700, Linux for blind general discussion
> wrote:
> > Well, for an individual who is Deaf/Blind? You were asking about 
> > audio? I would think you would only require Braille support?
> > Chime
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