[sword-devel] One of those weird ideas....

ransom82 ransom1982 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 18 04:06:57 MST 2007

I have always thought something like the Blue Letter Bible
would be nice. Their interface is a little strange, at least to me,
but having access to hymns and audio recordings for each verse is
really nice.

On 9/18/07, Anja Hofmann <anja.hofmann at ub.uni-tuebingen.de> wrote:
> Hello!
> Your suggestion sounds really great, not just for blind users, but also
> for those learning English or other languages.
> peter wrote:
> > I would think that it should be relatively straight forward (not being a
> > programmer makes all things appear straight forward :-) ) to have a link
> >  launch e.g. totem or whatever other pre-existing media player is
> > associated with a particular filetype.
> >
> Personally, I would add an XML tag to each text passage referring to the
> respective audio file.
> > The advantages over the existing festival support is the natural voice
> > of a recording, the ability to make use of music etc  and the
> > possibility to import existing taped sermon collections etc. The
> > disadvantage  is obviously the loss of granularity and generality -
> > Festival can read each individual verse and could be used to read every
> > type of module, irrespective of whether it is recorded or not.
> >
> > Festival is obviously not available for many languages.
> >
> How about mbrola http://tcts.fpms.ac.be/synthesis/mbrola.html ?
> It's available for many operating systems and they also offer audio
> samples on their web site, so you can decide whether the quality is good
> enough for you.
> The best results in text to speech synthesis could be reached by using
> preformatted xml input (VoiceXML,Sable) where you can add changes in
> pitch, speed, different voices etc. , but that would be another issue.
> Best regards,
> Anja Hofmann
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