Re: Screen Reader under DOS

Antony Stone

On Monday 27 August 2018 at 21:52:24, Ervin, Glenn wrote:

I wish someone would make a little box with an ISA slot in it, with a UsB
cable, so we could use those old internal synths. Glenn

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Howard Traxler
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2018 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Screen Reader under DOS

Well, I think I can use vocal-eyes or jaws for dos or soft vert with one of
those decTalk boards or and echo plus or lite talk. I'll just have to
find a system board that has an ISA slot. I have a few 386 machines
that'll do it.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ervin, Glenn" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2018 10:39 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Screen Reader under DOS

Jaws For Dos did with SmoothTalker, using the SoundBlaster soundcard.
It was not a reliable screenreader, I think the aforementioned memory
issues were the problem.

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2018 3:52 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Screen Reader under DOS

The point is that as far as I am aware nobody built in any kind of
support for sound cards for a dos machine, only external synths. This was
due to the slower processors and lack of memory, remember only 640k of
ram was available, most higher amounts were paged into the standard
address space like in the old home computers of the 80s did to get more
memory. Doing this involved a lot of code to operate the hardware paging
and allow access of code into pages which normally shared the same
address space, slowing things down a lot due to having to store the
registers and stacks and then do the switch etc. It was a nightmare.
Nurse the screens!


----- Original Message -----
From: "The Wolf" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2018 9:27 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Screen Reader under DOS

but don't you still need to run a screen reader for dos box?

I haven't used dos in so long things may have changed

On 8/25/2018 10:30 PM, Isaac wrote:
probably have to use vocalizer for dos or jaws for dos. Or you could
run a windows machine with dos box.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Tyler Spivey" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2018 7:16 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Screen Reader under DOS


On 8/25/2018 5:06 PM, Howard Traxler wrote:
I'm going to build a DOS machine and will, of course, need it to talk
and possibly display in Braille. I'm wondering if NVDA will run under
DOS? I think I'll probably use DOS version 6.22. If not, I do have
others here that will run.
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