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ROKTalk launches English to Hindi text to voice translation service for website publishers

by Satrajit Sen

by Satrajit Sen

ROKTalk, a UK-based text-to-speech service that converts text on websites into audible speech, has launched English to Hindi translation service. Launched in November 2009, ROKTalk allows users of its customer websites to hear the text in one or more of the 35 supporting languages including English, French, German, Spanish and Hindi. ROKTalk describes the service as a significant advancement in website accessibility and usability for both the website visitor and the website publisher.

“Many people, as much as 15 to 18 per cent of the population globally, suffer from some form of disability or lack of literacy which makes browsing the internet a challenge to a greater or lesser extent. Such disabilities include dyslexia, cognitive or learning disabilities, low literacy levels and visual impairments. In addition, there are an estimated 400 million people worldwide pro-actively learning English at present. ROKTalk’s text-to-speech translation service addresses this massive user-base,” Bruce Renny, marketing director, ROKTalk, has told AlooTechie.

According to Bruce Renny, the licensing cost of ROKTalk varies from country to country and is dictated by the nature and size of the website concerned. For websites in India, ROKTalk plans to charge between Rs 2,500 and Rs 25,000 per year from a website depending on the nature and size of the website — whether the website concerned is a public, private or charity website and the number of visitors it receives per month. Websites interested in offering translation service may have to pay an additional Rs 2,000 per year per language translation service.

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