Speech and Language Technology for Disabled Persons

Stockholm, Sweden
May 31 - June 2, 1993

Evaluation of an Electronic Newspaper for the Blind in The Netherlands

Renee van Bezooijen (1), Willy Jongenburger (2)

(1) Department of General Linguistics and Dialectology, University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
(2) Phonetics Laboratory, Leiden University, The Netherlands

A field study with 24 visually impaired subjects was carried out to evaluate the suitability of two text-to-speech systems for making audible a daily national newspaper in the Netherlands. The users were found to be able to handle the reading machine and understand the synthetic speech in a fairly short time. Despite some shortcomings, the new facility was valued highly. Plans are now being developed to extend the choice from one newspaper to several and to also offer specialized magazines in this form.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bezooijen, Renee van / Jongenburger, Willy (1993): "Evaluation of an electronic newspaper for the blind in the netherlands", In SLTDP-93, 195-198.