People who are blind or hard-of-seeing often interact with computers using devices called "screen readers". These screen readers will read aloud the words that are written on the screen (or in the part of the screen the user cares about).

I don't know how screen readers pronounce the Tetragrammaton, but I assume it depends on the software (and I assume that it is not properly).

Are there any halakhic issues that can come of this?

Possible issues:

  • Can you write out the Tetragrammaton somewhere it will be read by a screen reader? (proxied speaking)
  • Can you write the Tetragrammaton in order to have it read by a screen reader? (intentional proxied speaking)
  • Can you use a screen reader when you visit a website that has the Tetragrammaton? (hearing)
  • ravkaplan.dafyomireview.com/aud/5773-Halacha/… see this shiur by rabbi nissan kaplan
    – ray
    Oct 17 '13 at 10:25
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    Is this question assuming pronouncing the Tetragrammaton is forbidden? It may want to make that assumption explicit.
    – msh210
    Oct 17 '13 at 11:44
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    @msh210 An answer that brings sources that say there's no issue whatsoever because there's no problems pronouncing the Tetragrammaton would be a fine answer. Oct 17 '13 at 14:34
  • @CharlesKoppelman to add to what @msh210 said, is there a reason to assume that "you shall not pronounce his name in vain" (lo sisa es shmo lashav) applies to any-one/thing other than a jew? Oct 17 '13 at 16:36
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    @tryingToGetProgrammingStraight Perhaps a better but less specific version of this question is: What methods of pronouncing the Tetragrammaton are forbidden? Can I listen to a live radio show where It is being said? Can I cause a machine to make Those Sounds? Can I cause a non-Jew to speak It? Can I audiate It? Oct 17 '13 at 19:16

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