Full version of Myanmar text-to-speech software set to be released in December

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Yangon, 21 June—The full version of a Myanmar text-to-speech solution for visually impaired people is scheduled to be released in December, U Min Maun Maung, a developer from the Solve Circle Software Development Team, said Saturday.
At an event for introducing the development of the program called MyTTS, the team showcased the latest developments of the text-to-speech system on Microsoft Word, Notepad and Webpage.
Thanks to the sofware, the blind can overcome difficulties in reading digital text in the Myanmar language on a computer, but some difficulties remain such as articulation and grammar rules, the developer said.
Around 1996, the blind started using JAWS, the most widely used screen reader on the Windows platform, but it supports English only. Nowadays, the blind also use the open source NVDA screen reader, but it too does not support Myanmar text.
“The NVDA software build in the Myanmar language will be available at a time when the full version is released, with the team planning to release the app on the international Day of Persons with Disabilities which falls on 3 December,” U Min Maun Maung said.
Under the organization of the Myanmar National Association for the Blind, the team has been developing MyTTS since later 2013 with the assistance of the Nippon Foundation, aiming to promote reading skills of people, especially the blind.
“This app can help the blind themselves know Myanmar texts in e-mail and webpages without the help of others,” said U Aung Ko Myint, chairman of the Myanmar National Association for the Blind, who said “there will be no blind on the internet”.
According to the country’s latest census, half of people with disabilities are blind. GNLM

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