[BCAB] info on Voice Dream

Gayle Yarnall glyarnall2 at gmail.com
Mon May 12 14:10:11 BST 2014

Here is a reply from the developer.

I do plan to support table of content in PDF but I'll have to look into
tagging, My understanding is that vast majority of PDF files do not have any
tags. In fact, I didn't even know you could have tags in PDF. Reading order
is just the order of text info in the file structure because PDF does not
provide any information beyond  visual.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Olaf Drümmer
Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2014 4:22 PM
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] info on Voice Dream

Hi Gayle,

On 10 May 2014, at 22:22, "Gayle Yarnall" <glyarnall2 at gmail.com> wrote:

> The biggest change is support for graphics, starting with PDF. This 
> required a rewrite of the guts. Before 3.0, Voice Dream Reader threw 
> away all original files after extracting text from them. Now, you can 
> read PDF files in the original layout with voice and text 
> synchronization. Try swiping right from the left edge of the screen: 
> you can switch between text-only view and original layout view

it's nice to see the progress Voice Dream is making in dealing with PDF

One thing that surprises me is that it seems that Voice Dream does not take
tagging structure in a PDF into account. This implies that it might fail to
acknowledge the intended reading order, and it also does not reflect any of
the structural aspects, like headings or lists and so forth (I haven't tried
tables yet).

Are there any plans to take advantage of tagging structure in a PDF? Any
plans to support the ISO standard for accessible tagged PDF, ISO 14289? Or
am I missing something in the current version of Voice Dream?

And - this is more a nice to have feature request - would it be possible
that Voice Dream follows the text current read out loud, when I have zoomed
into the page, and the 'current text' is outside of the area of the page
currently displayed.

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