The official Arch Linux installation medium supports various Accessibility features:
- speech is provided by the package
- braille terminal support is handled by the package
This document describes how to install Arch Linux using these features.
Boot the live environment
When the installation medium starts booting, press
Down followed by
Enter to boot with speech enabled.
USB braille displays should be detected automatically via udev.
Multiple sound cards
If your computer has several sound cards, you will hear the following message: Please select your sound card for speech output.
When you hear a beep on the output that you would like to use, press
Enter to select the card.
Change speech language
To change the espeak-ng language/voice used by
espeakup.service, edit the unit so that the language code is appended to
default_voice= in the
You can also change the espeak-ng voice variant by appending
+variant to the language code. See and for more information.
Install essential packages
For speech support in the installed system, you need install the package.and . If you use a braille display,
Append the required packages to thecall when installing:
# pacstrap -K /mnt base linux linux-firmware espeakup alsa-utils
Configure the system
If #Multiple sound cards were detected, copy the
/etc/asound.conf file, which has been generated in the installation medium:
# cp /etc/asound.conf /mnt/etc/
Enable the services
After booting into the newly installed system it should start speaking automatically.