The KDE Accessibility team is in the process of integrating speech synthesis into KDE. Not only does this mean better support for visually-impaired and speech-impaired users, but the new features should also prove for a fun desktop experience overall. An important milestone has been reached with the recent release of the KDE Text-to-Speech System (ktts). If you wish to learn more about speech synthesis support in KDE, you can also read an extensive interview with four developers at the KDE Accessibility Website.
Both ktts and KSayIt (an application to read out longer texts) will be included in KDE 3.4. They are important additions to KMouth (an application for speech impaired people) and the other two assistive technologies in KDE, KMouseTool and KMagnifier.
The interview is part of a planned series of interviews with participants of the KDE Accessibility Project. Future interviews will cover other areas of accessibility in KDE:
- improved support for partially sighted people in KDE 3.4
- support for blind users in KDE 4.0
- foundation of the freedesktop.org accessibility initiative to find a consensus on a common speech driver API
- close cooperation with the GNOME Accessibility Project to ensure that all assistive technologies will integrate into each desktop without problems
- invitation of other accessibility projects to the last KDE conference, and participation in the FSG Accessibility Workgroup