Meet the FoxVox Developer

Why was FoxVox created?

FoxVox was originally a by-product of an educational project to teach reading skills to adults. The literacy project needs the browser to speak to the student because they cannot read yet. Once I had found a way to make Firefox speak both on Linux and Windows I realised there was no speech add-on for Linux available. So I created FoxVox. I was surprised by the number of downloads, active users and the feedback I received.

I continued developing and learned that FoxVox was being used for things I had never imagined. For example, people with sight disabilities or dyslexia found FoxVox very useful.

What's next for FoxVox

FoxVox will soon offer access to over 50 high-quality voices, and have many languages preinstalled. To achieve this FoxVox will need to become a web service. This is also necessary in order to leave experimental status. FoxVox cannot install third-party desktop programs any longer, because Mozilla either cannot review the code, or it would take too long. The Firefox review team agreed that a web service would be the best way around this. So speech will be created on web servers.

Planned features:

- Pause speech

- Volume and speed control

- Toolbar control

- Highlighting of spoken words

- Access to 50+ commercial high-quality voices in 5 languages. Users will be able to buy commercial audio on-demand at a low cost, starting at $2, without having to purchase the costly desktop licenses.

- 20+ languages pre-installed using Open Source speech synthesis.

About the Developers

Developer Information
Name nibl
Homepage http://wordit.com/
User since May 29, 2008
Number of add-ons developed 1 add-on
Average rating of developer's add-ons Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Who is nibl?

I am an independent software developer.

Developer Information
Name Marcus
User since September 23, 2015
Number of add-ons developed 1 add-on
Average rating of developer's add-ons Rated 4 out of 5 stars