[Blindapple] How to make ProDOS system programs talk

Tiny Puppy-butchb wa0vjr at gmail.com
Wed Aug 11 23:45:13 EDT 2021

Interesting article.  I don't remember getting those magazines.

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From: "Kyle via BlindApple" <blindapple at bluegrasspals.com>
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Subject: Re: [Blindapple] How to make ProDOS system programs talk

OK so it seems I've solved the mystery of at least the filer and 
utilities on the ProDOS User's disk I found. Raised Dot Computing 
has a
rather interesting article on the subject in their March 1987 


Of interest is

"Computer Aids Corp. of Fort Wayne, Indiana, has offered a free 
tape version of the ProDOS User's Manual as well as a talking 
version of
the ProDOS User's Disk utilities. [Editor's note: Since Computer 
Aids is
now including ProDOS utilities from within their programs (see 
Review elsewhere in this issue) they are no longer distributing 
the tape
and disk. JK] The American Printing House for the Blind has 
that they will soon be releasing a special version of this ProDOS 
Disk which was designed to be used with speech output. Another 
tutorial on learning ProDOS is available from FlipTrack Learning 
of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Lastly, Microtalk of Louisville, 
provides good information on utilizing ProDOS in the 
documentation that
accompanies their software. "

So it seems that in fact there is a specially designed version of 
disk out there somewhere, and this may be the disk I had so many 
ago. Other system programs may be able to be modified in a 
similar way,
but that next article down indicates that it may not be so easy 
simply modifying the fe89 and fe93 calls, although that does 
still seem
like a good place to start.


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