I test with ChromeVox screen reader with my eyes closed. SCV is tuned for use with screen readers and the blind should be able to whip through the pages in zero time. I am recently going blind, so my skills are not up to theirs. One of the toughest challenges in the design has been to make the site usable by the recently blind but not annoying to the blind technology adepts. This is why we are reaching out to those in the blind community to give us feedback on how well we have eliminated speed bumps for the blind. Indeed, I hope we can eventually have a site where any blind user can search the suttas with the same speed as any of us.
Yes indeed. The current hypothesis is that Raveena will prove sufficient. Raveena does not speak as rapidly as screen readers can. However, any blind user can download an MP3 of a sutta for listening at different speeds.
One of the toughest challenges has been to winnow search results down to a few key suttas. The blind cannot skim search results as we can, even with fast screen readers. SCV gives blind users a very short list of up to 25 search results, with the default limit set at 5. This technology relies entirely on Bhante Sujato’s key insight to introduce text segments. Searching text segments, we can quickly and accurately provide pertinent search results. Later this year I will document the search methodology for review so that we can all be certain that searches do not misrepresent the teachings of the Buddha. It may be possible to offer similar concise results on SC itself, but that will take a concerted effort.
Absolutely. When sighted I preferred black on white. Going blind, I prefer white on black. SCVoice is dedicated to the dark and bound for light.