[sword-devel] Speech synthesis voices?

Martin Denham mjdenham at gmail.com
Mon Aug 20 02:02:06 MST 2012


I integrated TTS into And Bible a long time ago and, for me, it has
transformed my bible study, book reading, and devotions.  I initially got
the idea from Troy's Bishop, which also integrates TTS.

However, TTS is probably more useful on a device which normally has
earphones attached than, say, on a pc.


On 19 August 2012 23:26, DM Smith <dmsmith at crosswire.org> wrote:

> 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,
>         DM
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