[sword-devel] Speech synthesis voices?

Andrew Thule thulester at gmail.com
Mon Aug 20 11:11:20 MST 2012

How at the system level currently does the application differentiate
an active pane from an inactive one (based upon mouse-clicks)?  I'm
asking in ignorance incidentally.

It seems to me most applications, including Bibletime and Xiphos have
a 'sense' of active window vs inactive.  When I click on a window and
select the 'up and down' arrow, different things happen depending upon
which pane the application has 'active'.  With respect to text to
voice synthesis, shouldn't behaviour be the same?

If the active pane is the bible pane, the bible text is what should be
spoken.  If the commentary pane is active it should be the commentary
one.  Which presupposes that application developers provide some
accessibility feature that allows them to switch between panes
(windows) etc, be it keystroke or some other methods.


On Sun, 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.
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