Speech Output Display Terminal
Original Publication Date: 1984-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
This article describes a method of providing blind-user awareness of the device status on a speech-output display terminal. The device in questions is an IBM 3278 display terminal, modified in such a way as to provide spoken output of screen data, aimed at the blind or visually-impaired user. Directives given via a small auxiliary keypad enable the blind user to have read out to him selected lines, words, or characters from the screen, or to have spoken such things as cursor position. However, awareness of device status poses a rather different problem. This is normally conveyed to a sighted user via a status indicator row along the bottom of the screen.