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How Text-To Speech Software Works

A screen reader is a form of assistive technology that renders text and image content as speech or Braille output. Screen readers are used by people who have print disabilities. Screen readers are software applications that attempt to convey what people with normal eyesight see on a display to their users via non-visual means, like text-to-speech, sound icons, or a Braille device.

Go here to learn more about how a screen reader reads a document.

There are different types of screen readers available. Most devices have a built in screen reader you can activate. Though these built in devices are not as advanced as other software available, we do encourage you to explore them to see how TTS works.

As a Production Assistant your main role is to reformat ebooks so they are accessible.

An accessible book is an book that is structured so anyone with a print disability can read it. This can include Braille Books, Audiobooks, and ebooks. As a Production Assistant you will be focused on ebooks. Our current workflow is designed to make DAISY books, which are digital talking books that use synthetic voice and can be read on a variety of readers. You can learn more about DAISY books, and how to read them on our website here.

Properly-made ebooks can be read by anyone on computers, mobile devices, and using various assistive technologies such as screen readers, refreshable Braille displays, or screen magnification software.

Like all readers, people with print disabilities need to be able to navigate, read, and understand a digital book’s content. For example, blind readers with the right tools and right books can navigate books like sighted readers can, by moving between pages, from one chapter or section heading to the next, and navigating to a page from the table of contents.

A file that is completely accessible to people with print disability offers the maximum flexibility for all readers. This includes:

  • Text access – Can all the text be read by screen readers via synthetic speech or Braille display? Are there image descriptions for photos and illustrations?
  • Logical reading order and navigation – Can the content be read in a logical order? Can a reader navigate to different sections of the book?
public/nnels/etext/tts_basics.txt · Last modified: 2020/05/12 10:41 by rachel.osolen