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A friend and I are in a Computer Forensics class which is part of the MSc in Computer Science offered by the University of the West Indies' St. Augustine Campus. We're doing a mix of theory and practical work.

My friend is blind and some of our assignments involve using the command prompt. Listening to him talk to our lecturer, I wondered if there were any command prompt applications that can be used by the visually impaired?

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A websearch gave me espeak as a result.

Combining it with the PS1 variable - as suggested by @user829755. This SuperUser answer contains instructions on how to do that.

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+1 for the link to the blog answer. Greate article! – GnP Jul 13 '13 at 0:11

How blind are they? Windows has a high-contrast mode, and you might be able to use a screen reader to read it out to your friend.

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He's completely blind. – Irwin Jun 12 '13 at 21:54
Then he's going to need a screen reader or a Braille line anyway. – Ansgar Wiechers Jun 13 '13 at 8:16
What he said he does is a screen capture, then uses OCI - I think this is only for interactions with the command prompt. – Irwin Jun 13 '13 at 11:13
Have you tried using Windows Narrator for this? – Ben Lavender Jun 23 '13 at 12:44

In bash (and possibly other shells) you can define a command to be executed when the command prompt is shown. Can't lookup the details at the moment, probably one of the specialties of the PS1 variable. So e.g. you could define to call a program that reads out the current directory via the speaker.

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Absolutely. Under Windows, he can use a screen reader like JAWS from Freedom Scientific (about $1000) or the free NVDA from the NVDA Project. For basic functions, you can use Narrator: on Windows 8 it's as easy as Windows+U, Alt+N. Under pure DOS, JAWS for DOS 2.31 is free. Under Linux, there are many choices, including Orca (on GNOME).

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