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Accessibility for Blogs? New Audio Feature: Listen to Posts

Jul 2, 2007 • blogging, general

I added a new audio feature to my blog -- you can now listen to the posts. It's a robotic voice automated from I thought I'd experiment with it, even though I think no human can listen to a robot-generated voice and find much enjoyment from it.

Listen feature

However, if you're visually impaired, or want to listen to the post while doing other things, or if you're an audio learner, you might like it. There's also a voice feed (look in the sidebar, near the bottom). also allows you to convert your favorite blogs into audio feeds. So if you don't have time to read all of the posts from your favorite blogs, you can listen to them in your mp3 player. However, until computer-generated audio improves significantly, I doubt this method will gain much popularity.

What do you think -- is this feature a good addition to my blog, providing valuable accessibility? Or is it just a useless bell and whistle that adds clutter?

Update: I noticed that the Listen button appears on pages too (like your contact page), but it doesn't actually work on pages. I learned the author is currently fixing it, so in the meantime I disabled the plugin.

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