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LinuxPR: ZipSpeak 7.1-1 Makes Linux Easier for the Visually Impaired

Jun 27, 2000, 11:01 (0 Talkback[s])

"Matthew Campbell today released ZipSpeak 7.1-1, a talking mini-distribution of Linux for visually impaired people. The newly released version of ZipSpeak adds support for several speech synthesizers, simplifies Speakup customization, makes Web browsing easier, and adds support for international keyboard layouts."

"ZipSpeak is a talking mini-distribution of Linux for blind and visually impaired people, based on the ZipSlack distribution and the Speakup screen reader. ZipSpeak is designed to be easily installed on an existing MS-DOS or Windows system, so that the user can start using a talking Linux system with little difficulty and without help from someone who can see."

"ZipSpeak 7.1-1 features ZipSlack version 7.1 and Speakup version 0.09a. Speakup version 0.09 introduces new drivers for several speech synthesizers, including the Apollo 2, the Braille and Speak, and the DECtalk Express. ZipSpeak 7.1-1 includes a new utility called speakupconfig which simplifies the customization of Speakup. It also includes a modified configuration for the Lynx Web browser which makes it easier for blind people to use. Finally, ZipSpeak now supports many keyboard layouts besides the U.S. layout, greatly improving its usability for international users."

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