They are going all the way to Sweden to seek an open source solution from the speech synthesis specialists at KTH Royal Institute of Technology University in Stockholm. The lead professor on the project, Joakim Gustafson, has been giving interviews about the process and the expectations along a time line. The professor states that the open source modules for text to speech (TTS) capabilities in the English language are well developed, but that is not the case in other languages. Wikipedia’s site in Sweden, Wikimedia Sweden has already had a pilot of the new platform operating. So far they estimate that near 25%, or 125 million people each month have indicated that they need or prefer the text in spoken form. Whether it is for reasons of visual impairments or literacy issues is unclear, but what is clear is that it is making the Wikipedia site more accessible. The next step is to develop the platform for the English language Wikipedia sites, and to develop a proof of concept capability in Arabic.

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