[sword-devel] Speech synthesis voices?

DM Smith dmsmith at crosswire.org
Sun Aug 19 15:26:06 MST 2012

On Aug 19, 2012, at 5:57 PM, Karl Kleinpaste <karl at kleinpaste.org> wrote:

> Greg Hellings <greg.hellings at gmail.com> writes:
>> TTS never struck me as something that is properly handled by the
>> application but should only be offered on the system level
> Bear in mind that I implemented Read Aloud back in the days of Fedora 5
> (2006).  I have no memory of there being _any_ system-level TTS support.
> The fact that I found Festival available at all was an accident.
> That said, how TTS is done "at the system level" is a pretty funny
> concept.  That is, if Xiphos isn't doing Read Aloud directly, but the
> user is expecting it "at the system level," what shall he expect to
> happen?  Every time he navigates a verse, the entire Bible chapter, as
> well as at least the commentary verse and possibly the entire commentary
> chapter, is displayed.  Shall TTS read both Bible and commentary verse
> in their entirety?  NETnote Ecc 1:1 is 8Kbytes of text, and takes nearly
> 12 minutes to speak.  How does one, at the system level, tell the system
> to read one pane and not another, and within one pane, to read only a
> certain slice of text?  I simply don't know.

On a mac, one highlights the text to be read and then asks (Alt-Esc) the system to read it. The key combination ability has to be turned on in Preferences. Most applications have a menu choice and a right click choice to start and stop speaking, but that is an additional convenience.

In Him,

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