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Re: newe to emacs



The issue with festival is that festival support is not part of emacspeak
and I don't think emacspeak support for festival is actively being
maintained. One of the bigger issues with the support of festival is that
the interface between emacspeak and festival involves patches to emacspeak
itself. This is likely one of the reasons it doesn't seem to keep up with
current versions of emacspeak. Festival is very powerful and quite
large. It is also not very responsive unless you have a fast PC with lots
of memory. 

Flite was part of emacspeak, but it seems to have been moved into the
'obsolete' category. I tried it a while ago and it was OK. However, these
days, I think espeak is a much better solution and it is part of emacspeak
and properly integrated into the system. 

Personally, I don't think you can go past the IBM ViaVoice and now you can
pick up runtime licenses relatively cheaply, I think it is by far the best
choice.

Tim

Kalyan Mukherjea writes:
 > Hi Rob,
 > 
 > I think there are outstanding issues about using festival with
 > Emacspeak. Indeed, I seem to recall Tim Cross writing and saying that
 > it is _not_ a good idea to use festival as the engine to drive
 > Emacspeak.
 > 
 > Also, aptget eflite will only install eflite, don't you also have to
 > install flite?
 > I do not use ubuntu but  use Fedora instead. So I don't know how
 > aptget behaves when installing a tiny package like eflite which
 > depends on a huge package like flite.
 > 
 > Cheers.
 > Kalyan
 > Rob Hill writes:
 >  > Negoslav Sabev writes:
 >  >  > Depends what language you need it for. In English you could use festival, 
 >  >  > flite, or ESpeak. The 3 of them are free.
 >  >  > Wich one of those is the best? I mean
 >  >  >  stable and well sounding. If it supports multiple languages would be even 
 >  >  > better.
 >  > 
 >  > You could install them both, and make your own mind up.  You can
 >  > switch between speech synthesisers in emacspeak by using 
 >  > 
 >  > control-e d d
 >  > 
 >  > which prompts for the synthesiser to use.  
 >  > 
 >  > sudo apt-get install eflite emacspeak
 >  > 
 >  > will install eflite.
 >  > 
 >  > Rob
 >  >   
 >  >  
 >  > 
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