Community Wishlist Survey 2019/Archive/Available Text to Speech for all wiki Articles

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  • Problem: Available Text to Speech for all wiki Articles (Wikispeech extension). Let the articles talk when Required.

    A 2016 study estimated that a quarter of Wikipedia users, or 125 million per month, need or prefer their text read aloud to them. Making all of the websites which use MediaWiki more accessible to those who find it hard to assimilate written information is therefore incredibly important.

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  • Who would benefit: It'll make wiki's more accessible to users with disabilities who may have trouble reading text on their screens.
  • Proposed solution: 1. "Wikispeech" is a text-to-speech tool (in Beta) to make Wikimedia's projects more accessible for people that, for different reasons, have difficulties reading.

    At first make it available for en wikipedia . then asign more developer so that it can have cortana/siri/google assistant like "precise accent" & "natural voice".then make this extension/api integrate with mediawiki software.

And please make the voice more NATURAL like THIS "Cortana,Alexa" or "Google Assistant".

2. Google text to speech api is licenced under apachi 2.0 . Is it possible to ask them to make a github fork with CC/GFDL licence only for official wiki project, cause this proposal also HUMANITARIAN ?.......They have natural-sounding speech with 30 voices, available in multiple languages and variants.

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Discussion[edit]

@Ahm masum: Also see Community_Wishlist_Survey_2019/Editing/Make_Wikipedia_more_accessible_to_the_visually_impaired which is very related / maybe could even be merged? --AKlapper (WMF) (talk) 13:19, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

@AKlapper (WMF): PLEASE , DO MERGE. THANKS. --Ahm masum (talk) 14:44, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
I will close this proposal in favor of the other one, if that's okay! Thanks Ahm masum. -- NKohli (WMF) (talk) 22:54, 13 November 2018 (UTC)