Web Accessibility: Why is there a need to voice-enable my site or app?

We’ve been asked this question (from different angles) multiple times – “Is there really a need to add voice features to my site/app?” We are all aware that millions of people are visually impaired. Here’s a quick breakdown: “39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. 82% of people living with blindness are […]

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Your Smart Speech Synthesizer: HTML5 Text-to-Speech

HTML5 is the most recent version of the Hypertext Markup Language – the code that describes webpages and the language that supports multimedia. It has been configured to deliver almost anything you’d want to accomplish online without requiring additional plugins or external software. Application development, animation, movies, and music are all possible using HTML5. It […]

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Diversity and Accessibility at Work: Meet Jack Chen

Over 7 million adults between the age of 21 and 64 have some form of visual disability in the U.S in 2014 according to Census Bureau statistics. Out of that number, almost 60% were unemployed and only around 27% had full-time employment. This is a heartbreaking statistic. So it is no surprise that the feats […]

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Text-to-Speech In The Classroom

Since 1950’s, Text-to-speech (TTS) technology has gone through a dramatic change. Today, TTS is affordable and a great asset in learning and education. Learners and students with vision impairments, like dyslexia, and struggling readers benefit from TTS. The benefits of TTS and its practical applications are made known by famous personalities such as Stephen Hawking, […]

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Let’s Talk Web Accessibility And Reasons Your Website Might Need An Overhaul

It holds true that people with disabilities find challenges in using the Web and computers in general. Although there are specialized devices and applications available for people with certain disabilities, making websites and the world wide web more accessible present significant advantages that could cover multiple devices, including mobile devices. In 1997, the Web Accessibility […]

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Books That Read

Children with learning disabilities like dyslexia can benefit from both audiobooks and text-to-speech (TTS). Kids can listen to the text being spoken as they look at the words. Much as they accomplish the same thing, audiobooks and TTS differ in a lot of ways. The Difference Between Audiobooks and Text-to-Speech An audiobook is a voice […]

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Text-to-Speech Enabled App For The Speech Impaired

According to dictionary.com, speech is the faculty or power of speaking; oral communication; ability to express one’s thoughts and emotions by speech sounds and gesture; something that is spoken. Speaking comes naturally to all human beings. It’s a way of life and the mechanism of speech begins in infancy. Unlike writing, no one needs to […]

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Google uses AI in Learning Human Speech

As early as the 1700’s, there have been attempts to make machines emulate human speech and the results were robotic and barely intelligible. Scientists have come a long way in training computers to understand voice commands, but the technology for text-to-speech (TTS) has fallen behind. Even today, the synthesized voices can still be distinguished from […]

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Multimedia Localization and Multilingual Websites Benefit from Text-to-Speech

More people around the globe have access to the internet these days, compared to the number of internet users a few years ago. Since content can be accessed by people from different continents, multilingual sites are becoming popular. The internet doesn’t really have a universal, unified, single language as it continues to evolve and is […]

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Text-To-Speech and Distracted Driving

Driving Statistics (US) The statistics showing accidents in the United States due to distracted driving are alarming. A 2014 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that distracted driving is the cause for 18 percent of injury crashes, and 16 percent of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes. For that same year, 3,179 […]

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