Linked by Rayiner Hashem & Eugenia Loli-Queru on Mon 24th Nov 2003 16:24 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Today we are very happy to publish a very interesting Q&A with major freedesktop.org members: the founder Havoc Pennington (also of Debian, Gnome and Red Hat fame), Waldo Bastian (of SuSE & KDE fame), Keith Packard and Jim Gettys (of X/XFree86/fontconfig/w3c fame) and David Zeuthen, a new member who's taking over the ambitious HAL project. In the article, we discuss about general freedesktop.org goals, status and issues, the role of KDE/Qt in the road to interoperability with Gnome/GTK+, HAL (with new screenshots), the new X Server aiming to replace XFree86 and we even have an exclusive preliminary screenshot of a version of Mac OS X's Exposé window management feature for this new X Server! This is one article not to be missed if you are into Unix/Linux desktop!
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RE: text-to-speech
by Eugenia on Tue 25th Nov 2003 00:36 UTC

This is why I mentioned Mac OS X. Because the way OSX does it is far better than text2speech on a seperate app. The speech itself can be triggered from the app itself. For example, on the TextEdit, you can select a piece of text, right click on it, and select "start speaking". It feels more integrated to the OS, and doesn't make people with usability problems feel forgotten and forced to use a third party app.