[sword-devel] Speech synthesis voices?

DM Smith dmsmith at crosswire.org
Sat Aug 18 08:47:15 MST 2012

Not sure it is needed. On the Mac one can highlight text and have it read in a voice of their choice. And yes it reads punctuation as that is assistive to the blind. 

Linux can read text (festival?) but I've never bothered to look into it. Xiphos builds it in. 

It can be done in Java, see: 

In Him,
Cent from my fone so theer mite be tipos. ;)

On Aug 18, 2012, at 10:31 AM, David Haslam <dfhmch at googlemail.com> wrote:

> I've just added this idea "* Per module assignment of speech synthesis
> voices, or none." in 
> http://crosswire.org/wiki/Frontends:FeatureList#General_UI_features
> http://crosswire.org/wiki/Frontends:FeatureList#General_UI_features 
> My suggestion is prompted by learning about the  http://www.ivona.com/ IVONA 
> *TTS Engine* for Android, and the choice of voices available for various
> languages.
> Some languages already have more than one voice. e.g. Geraint or Gwyneth for
> Welsh.
> "Geraint and Gwyneth, first natural sounding Welsh voices are now available,
> for individuals and non-commercial entities in the UK for free, as a result
> of partnership between the Welsh Government, the Royal National Institute of
> Blind People and IVONA. "  
> Arfon Jones just installed this with his Android phone, and has used it
> successfully with *and-bible* to read passages from the WelBeiblNet module.
> He's very pleased with it. Minor quirks are the occasional reading out of
> the word "comma" when the punctuation is present.
> btw.  IVONA is still in Beta, and is free of charge until the end of the
> Beta period. 
> /I'm merely using this as an example, not seeking to advertise on their
> behalf./
> This is something for front-end developers to consider, in as much as it
> relates to the UI and the platform, as well as any preloaded TTS engine
> and/or installed TTS application.
> David
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