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Command line interfaces

A command line interface allows the user to issue commands to the system in the form of successive lines of text. Command line interfaces are preferred by blind users due to its text-based nature.

Discussion by Disabilities (Benefits & Preferred Behaviors)

Blindness

Command line interface is easier for blind users than a graphical interface, and is more concise and powerful for advanced users.

Existing Products

This listing includes a wide range of products, from screen readers, to simple text-to-speech utilities, to large literacy suites that include a text-to-speech application. Please note that these products are not necessarily endorsed by RtF, but represent the range of available options.

Many operating systems, including Windows Vista and Mac OS X, include limited built-in screen reading ability as well.

Open Source and free

These products are free and their source code may be modified with few restrictions.

  • Linux/BSD Command Line Interface
  • Links – Twibright Labs
  • Lynx – Thomas Dickey
  • w3m – Akinori Ito
  • fbcmd

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