A guide to text-to-speech, the popular accessibility feature that lets your computer, phone, or tablet read to you

john rambo

There are many different types of text-to-speech.
There are many different types of text-to-speech.


  • Text-to-speech (TTS) is a popular feature that lets your computer or phone read text aloud to you.

  • Text-to-speech is commonly used as an accessibility feature to help people who have trouble reading on-screen text, but it’s also convenient for those who want to be read to.

  • You can find text-to-speech features in many places today, including ebook readers, word processors, internet browsers, and more. 

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Text-to-speech, sometimes abbreviated as TTS, is a feature on your computer or phone that reads on-screen text aloud to you. 

Depending on how it’s used, text-to-speech can be a convenience feature, or an accessibility feature that helps people who need additional assistance to hear text that’s printed on-screen. 

Though TTS systems rely on a computerized voice speaking to you, in recent years these voices have become much more natural

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Designers! Read this definitive guide on how to build apps for kids

john rambo

Impatience. Stubbornness. Restlessness. Attributes like these make building apps for kids a formidable proposition. However, with a bit of insight, designers can design experiences and build apps for kids that can improve their brain development and help them play and learn.

“I definitely wouldn’t have gotten into programming if I hadn’t played games as a kid,” said Mark Zuckerberg.

Designers can have a significant influence over future generations because creating a winning app for kids has an incredible but often underestimated power to mold the future. These winning apps may someday be responsible for creating the next Zuckerberg.

Building apps for kids isn’t easy. In fact, it’s often quite difficult. But the most popular interactive apps for kids have achieved success because they follow certain best practices.

We’ll look at:

  • The differences between designing for kids and adults
  • The similarities between designing for kids and adults
  • A framework for designing
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LGBTQ Pride is all online this year. Here is your week-by-week guide

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Although the rules around social distancing are ever-changing — and largely tossed aside by the masses who have been out protesting the death of George Floyd in support the Black Lives Matter movement — the events of LGBTQ Pride month have largely moved online, a result of early, cautious planning in response to the still ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Some upcoming events, just added to the docket in support of BLM, will indeed be held in person — including an All Black Lives Matter Solidarity March in Los Angeles, on June 14, and the Reclaim Pride Coalition’s Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality in New York City, on June 28.

But with the parties and performances still moving online, Yahoo Life is here with a week-by-week guide to help you keep ahead of the curve. (Please note that guide will be updated as events are added or

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The DXZone Amateur Radio Internet Guide

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Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels…

Southgate ARC – May 03, 2020

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Southgate ARC – May 03, 2020

The electronic voting for the four Financial motions opened at 00:01 CAT on Monday 27 April 2020 and there was an initial rush to cast votes, but this has decreased during the week …

Southgate ARC – May 03, 2020

Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Association report on the amateur radio special event station W2H which will be active to promote World PH Day

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The OpenGL Programming Guide

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The OpenGL Programming Guide

The OpenGL® Programming Guide
9th Edition

John Kessenich, Graham Sellers, and Dave Shreiner

Welcome to the website for the OpenGL Programming Guide (the “Red Book”). The latest release — the ninth edition — brings the most comprehensive discussion of the OpenGL API completely up to date. This edition throughly discusses the features of OpenGL version 4.5, OpenGL’s latest version, including:

  • Direct State Access (DSA) which modifies the way that OpenGL objects (e.g., textures, FBOs, etc.) modify their attributes. This approach mitigates the sometimes confusing “bind-to-edit”, making it much more straight-forward to understand which objects are being updated.
  • SPIR-V, The Khronos Group’s compiled-shader representation, which allows authoring shaders in just about any programming language – provided there’s a SPIR-V backend to the compiler chain. SPIR-V is also one of the major components of Khronos’ new Vulkan API.
  • Expanded discussions of GPU computing (compute shaders) and
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Chapter 1 – OpenGL Programming Guide

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This chapter introduces OpenGL. It has the following major sections:

What Is OpenGL?

OpenGL is a software interface to graphics hardware. This interface consists of about 150 distinct commands that you use to specify the objects and operations needed to produce interactive three-dimensional applications.

OpenGL is designed as a streamlined, hardware-independent interface to be implemented on many different hardware platforms. To achieve these qualities, no commands for performing windowing tasks or obtaining user input are included in OpenGL; instead, you must work through whatever windowing system controls the particular hardware you’re using. Similarly, OpenGL doesn’t provide high-level commands for describing models of three-dimensional objects. Such commands might allow you to specify relatively complicated shapes such as automobiles, parts of the body, airplanes, or molecules. With OpenGL, you must build up your desired model from a small set of geometric primitives – points, lines, and polygons.

A sophisticated library that provides

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The Linux Kernel Module Programming Guide

john rambo

Peter Jay Salzman
Michael Burian
Ori Pomerantz

2007-05-18 ver 2.6.4

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Architectural Programming | WBDG – Whole Building Design Guide

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Architectural programming began when architecture began. Structures have always been based on programs: decisions were made, something was designed, built and occupied. In a way, archaeologists excavate buildings to try to determine their programs.

Today, we define architectural programming as the research and decision-making process that identifies the scope of work to be designed. Synonyms include “facility programming,” “functional and operational requirements,” and “scoping.” In the early 1960s, William Peña, John Focke, and Bill Caudill of Caudill, Rowlett, and Scott (CRS) developed a process for organizing programming efforts. Their work was documented in Problem Seeking, the text that guided many architects and clients who sought to identify the scope of a design problem prior to beginning the design, which is intended to solve the problem.

In the 1980s and 1990s, some architectural schools began to drop architectural programming from their curricula. The emphasis of the Post-Modern and Deconstruction

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What is Internet Marketing? Your Guide to Today’s Online Marketing

john rambo

Internet marketing is the most inexpensive way to reach your target market, regardless of the size of your business.

But what is internet marketing, really?

Defining Internet Marketing

Also called online marketing, internet marketing is the process of promoting a business or brand and its products or services over the internet using tools that help drive traffic, leads, and sales.

Internet marketing a pretty broad term that encompasses a range of marketing tactics and strategies – including content, email, search, paid media, and more.

These days, though, internet marketing is often used interchangeably with “content marketing.”


Because content marketing is the internet marketing of the present and future.

Content Marketing Institute defines content marketing as:

“A strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.”

Think of it like

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Guide to Programming Languages | ComputerScience.org

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What are Computer Programming Languages?

Computer programming languages allow us to give instructions to a computer in a language the computer
understands. Just as many human-based languages exist, there are an array of computer programming
languages that programmers can use to communicate with a computer. The portion of the language that a
computer can understand is called a “binary.” Translating programming language into binary
is known as “compiling.” Each language, from C Language to Python, has its own distinct
features, though many times there are commonalities between programming languages.

These languages allow computers to quickly and efficiently process large and complex swaths of
information. For example, if a person is given a list of randomized numbers ranging from one to ten
thousand and is asked to place them in ascending order, chances are that it will take a sizable amount
of time and include some errors.

There are dozens of

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