Orca on Arch2021-05-05
Orca seems to be the go-to screen reader on linux systems.
On Ubuntu, the setup is straight forward
sudo apt install orca
similar thing for Arch
sudo pacman -S orca
It gets really tricky when you have a bizarre mix of window manager or GUI or sound system. this message from a mail archive set me on the right track to solving my issue
This can be configured through
spd-conf in the terminal.
I had to change my output from
alsa (I don't know why, but it worked).
The screen reader can be started by pressing
It can also be accessed through Settings.