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TTS, pause-previous-next buttons - stulljack - 11-11-2021

I use freda TTS a lot! Please, please, please add previous paragraph, pause and next paragraph to the TTS bar.

I have medical issues that make visual reading exhausting. Going back a paragraph to re-read or pausing to lookup something and then re-initializing TTS is very frustrating for the impaired. And freda seams rather pensive about 'right clicks' for some reason.

Just 3 little buttons, thats all I ask. < = > how hard can it be?

Thanks  Smile


RE: TTS, pause-previous-next buttons - jim_chapman - 11-15-2021

(11-11-2021, 04:02 PM)stulljack Wrote: I use freda TTS a lot! Please, please, please add previous paragraph, pause and next paragraph to the TTS bar.

I have medical issues that make visual reading exhausting. Going back a paragraph to re-read or pausing to lookup something and then re-initializing TTS is very frustrating for the impaired. And freda seams rather pensive about 'right clicks' for some reason.

Just 3 little buttons, thats all I ask. < = > how hard can it be?

Thanks  Smile

Hi,

 As a visually impaired user, you may find you do better using Microsoft Narrator or Jaws, etc.  Freda does present the text of the book, and the text of menu commands, to the 'Automation Peer', which will mean that Narrator, Jaws, etc. will read it out (or present it to a text magnifier, or a Braille reader, or whatever).  This may give you a better way of hearing the book text, as an alternative to the regular TTS feature.

You might also consider switching 'accessible controls' to 'yes' (that option is on the 'controls' settings page).  That will replace all the reading ribbons and menus with a single cascading menu, which puts all the reading commands in one discoverable place.  You could also review the keyboard shortcuts (on the 'controls' settings page).

That said, it also should not be too big a deal to add skip and pause buttons to the TTS panel on the screen, and I will add it to my 'to do' list.  It will not come quickly though, because I'm now in the middle of a fundamental re-engineering of Freda, because Microsoft are withdrawing support for the application framework ('Universal Windows Platform') that Freda uses - meaning that I need to repackage the application, and change the way that many features work (including TTS, as it happens).