slackware and accessibility packages

Willem van der Walt wvdwalt at
Fri Oct 5 06:12:19 EDT 2007

I am not a Slacware user anymore, but I think having packages available 
always makes life
easier even if you know how to roll your own.
I think the one you are missing there is speechd-up.
REgards, Willem

On Fri, 5 Oct 2007, Michael Whapples wrote:

> Hello,
> I don't know how much interest this would be, but I am sure you will let
> me know. I am thinking of creating slackware packages of some of the
> accessibility related tools and any dependencies which are not already
> in packaged formats. This would also cover any dependencies for these
> packages which are not already available in slackware packages (either
> from slackware or some of the alternative repositories). I have
> currently made packages for espeak and speech-dispatcher (I have also
> done dotconf as this is a dependency for speech-dispatcher).
> I am considering starting a project/community for this topic. Aims would
> be to create and maintain SlackBuild scripts and packages as described
> above, encourage mainstream projects to include accessibility as default
> (eg. gnome slacky installs orca, gnome-speech as default
> when doing a full install, and they have festival in the repository, but
> they don't install festival as part of a full install (so orca by
> default cannot output speech), I would try and encourage them to alter
> this to include festival as part of a full install). Also I would try
> and encourage projects to take on packages not currently included at all
> and possibly maintain the package for them (eg. neither slackware or
> gnome slacky have espeak, speech-dispatcher or speechd-up so there is no
> way to use speakup with software synths without compiling software). I
> would not intend to try and create a custom distro of slackware, as I
> think it is preferrable if the accessibility is there as default,
> although I wouldn't rule it out should there be a significant call for
> something and it being sufficiently different that a custom distro would
> make sense (eg. a slackware install disk with speakup and software
> speech support, so an install can be done without a hardware synth).
> Any ideas on this? Is there call for this?
> From
> Michael Whapples
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