Mashable’s Doriano “Paisano” Carta published this week-end another of his popular HOW TO: articles. In his post titled HOW TO: Convert Your Blog Into a Podcast on iTunes for Free, Paisano provides a detailed step-by-step guide for Text-to-Speech conversion using Odiogo. The author stresses the added value brought to the visually impaired and also to readers with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. As a demonstration of the ease of use and set-up, Paisano helped Rachel from Why Not Rachel set-up Odiogo on her blog.
After detailing the plethora of features provided by Odiogo and listing other players in the space, the author concludes as follows:
Providing greater accessibility to your content makes a great deal of sense for several reasons. It not only gives your readers more ways to experience your blog, but it also allows many others to enjoy your work that otherwise couldn’t do so. Text-to-speech technology continues to improve with time, so look for this feature to spread across the blogosphere, slowly but surely as people realize that the web isn’t just for viewing but for hearing too.
See also, the discussion thread inspired by this post on mashable, especially Rachel’s comment:
You have no idea how wonderful, and liberating adaptive tech has been for people with print disabilities! I’m really grateful to Pai for helping to make my site more accessible…