TTS now integrated into Chrome

Google announced ChomeVox at Google I/O a little while back, and I just noticed a few days ago.

ChomeVox is a new extension for ChromeOS which provides an integrated screen reader. It's an extension, not an app, and Google are boasting that it was built using only web technologies like HTML5, CSS, and Javascript.

Huh. It's kinda funny to hear a boast that a single platform app was built with cross-platform technologies. I think they missed the point.

Details on enabling accessibility in Chrome OS can be found on the Accessibility help page, and the Chrome extension is available for download from the Wiki page. Has anyone tried it? How does it compare to other TTS (Nuance, for example)?

This is the second major Google announcement this week. As amazing as all these new features are, don't you think it would be great if Google would go back and fix their older products? *cough* feedburner *cough*

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4 Comments on TTS now integrated into Chrome

  1. >>>Huh. It’s kinda funny to hear a boast that a single platform app was built with cross-platform technologies. I think they missed the point.

    OK, while that made me laugh, the same is true for webOS apps.

  2. “Huh. It’s kinda funny to hear a boast that a single platform app was built with cross-platform technologies. I think they missed the point.”

    I am sure that is a very perspicacious statement, but please tell me why HTML5 and CSS are “cross-platform” technologies. Please be specific.

    • I will elucidate for everyone else:

      Ability of a programming language (such as Java) that enables programmers to develop software for several competing platforms by writing a program only once. Cross-platform software can run on most or all systems with little or no modification. Also called multi-platform.

      • Now what confused me is I normally consider extensions to install in a browser, but in this case an extension is installed in the Chrome OS which is obviously more than a browser, but less than your typical full OS. Okay I am getting it.

        Now I guess third parties with knowledge of these “cross-platform” technologies will be able to create “extensions” as well for the Chrome OS. So, in a way, I think there is a justification for them “boasting” about this fact. Maybe it is you who missed the point.

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