Wikipedia Developing Speech Engine For Visually Impaired Users


Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, has teamed up with KTH Royal Institute of Technology to develop the world’s first crowdsourced speech engine. The platform is aimed at providing access to Wikipedia and other wikis to users having reading difficulties or visually impaired.


This platform, which will be optimised for Wikipedia, would be available as open source and usable by any website that uses MediaWiKi – an open-source wiki package. Following the development of English, Swedish and Arabic speech engines by September 2017, the service would be extended for rest of the 280 languages Wikipedia is available for.

Extra info:
  • A wiki is a website which allows collaborative modification of its content and structure directly from the web browser. In a typical wiki, text is written using a simplified markup language (known as, and often edited with the help of a rich-text editor.
  • A wiki is run using wiki software, otherwise known as a wiki engine.

So lets do:

  • Which online encyclopedia platform develop the world’s first crowdsourced speech engine?



Source –  ibtimes

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