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A Sign Language Screen Reader for Deaf

  • Oussama El Ghoul
  • Mohamed Jemni
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5889)

Abstract

Screen reader technology has appeared first to allow blind and people with reading difficulties to use computer and to access to the digital information. Until now, this technology is exploited mainly to help blind community. During our work with deaf people, we noticed that a screen reader can facilitate the manipulation of computers and the reading of textual information. In this paper, we propose a novel screen reader dedicated to deaf. The output of the reader is a visual translation of the text to sign language. The screen reader is composed by two essential modules: the first one is designed to capture the activities of users (mouse and keyboard events). For this purpose, we adopted Microsoft MSAA application programming interfaces. The second module, which is in classical screen readers a text to speech engine (TTS), is replaced by a novel text to sign (TTSign) engine. This module converts text into sign language animation based on avatar technology.

Keywords

Screen reader TTSing engine Deaf Avatar 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oussama El Ghoul
    • 1
  • Mohamed Jemni
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Unit of Technologies of Information and Communication UTIC[8]Ecole Supérieure des Sciences et Techniques de TunisTunisTunisia

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