-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA512 I've been trying to get Emacspeak going again with an acceptable level of performance for the past few days, without much luck. Here's a summary of my findings on the current state of the various speech servers that I have access to, and a request for ideas for improving the situation: espeak: The server is very unresponsive, and reads "capital" before every uppercase word unless dtk-split-caps is off. Sometimes, while moving quickly through a document, it will randomly say various punctuation characters at the beginning of the line. I think these are from the previous line. software dectalk: I managed to get both 4.64 and 5.0 working, though they did crash a few times in the few minutes I played with them. They seem very responsive though, although software-dtk uses oss and not alsa, and I don't think you can buy it anymore - the purchase page just hangs. outloud: the server can speak, but silencing speech doesn't work. I don't know why. Multispeech: I managed to get this to work after running sed -i - -e's/Russian-spelling/russian-spelling/' multispeech-voices.el. Freephone/mbrola still workks, and espeak does too. I think an interaction between portaudio and my alsa is causing it to drop the last few ms of whatever it says, though. Eflite: This works, including the alsa binary available at http://homepage.hispeed.ch/loehrer/flite_alsa.html The alsa binary has an echo problem - if another sound is playing such as an mp3, the currently playing chunk of audio doesn't silence very fast. This works on multispeech, so I'm not sure why it doesn't work here. What can be done to improve this situation? I could most likely write a quick hack that spawned a new process for everything it wanted to say, and it would work better than some of these servers. If anyone else is interested, I think we should just focus on one synth, and make a good, responsive server. I vote for espeak, since it seems to be the only thing that's still under active development and is easy to install. We could also do a bridge between emacspeak and speech-dispatcher. Thoughts? - -- Tyler Spivey - PGP Key ID: 0xae742aaf -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.9 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://enigmail.mozdev.org/ iQIcBAEBCgAGBQJLmrMSAAoJEPb0SlyudCqvr7AP/joDTWCJz50UJmnaSIBCn6G8 qWZIInPSl8jo0qZN7/AOU3ANdAH9S5gS/I7VeFvD2bxBVSbYBey3artzUXPLhVKR v/lvo+BdaUmOZ44DkeYTav9qxsti5MKuvmOtL91lPqyb4Egc+saz7SVT+fXYs563 VbcsCXmFQ8zwU/xC1LW9ZcuuOXNjW/lBzH+Le1WsJvGmN8Re1tJSSOktSAWzhbO0 +eIBDpxueOoVd7bin0yYLzDPyanbeC/sDZvmHRpl4X17J7uKX3+/8WcamYfVNHJy LqTscviWRARWOg4JKbvGZ+QOg5Owz0bONGashDhQWgy0OjheXfO8VQD8+1cfcW3o UQ/7BKEGZ2Iu1uPzdDf7NzVT/R2OP8oUb6zHVH+benOSOP9LXDCPQjWm9S7HrYCg MwMnyPcuRwBp9F/LBs8Pud4KX8y5t+LLkh6xJR3d+iPGHtxhsGYeikKYNXAvbrMC q6SSwXVOMwmGZRBg+VdT4d2oEaAOyqktsfeNWNpB2h3Mp9P1lUGH1s2cuALuVcG6 QHW1LYxSY3pBh/lSzi2RsejNAhkUMWZw+R+KNAQevVrHqJ/0JpYrDvEmrkfvVLWf K1rSYmn+pVPb6uzZvU8RYQ5X96YVmHUG0aP9tSNzgZLPlGpgjjeZZzITTQsG7skD e82Q/Xf0TdwJsy/eH8UR =b0WD -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the emacspeak list or change your address on the emacspeak list send mail to "firstname.lastname@example.org" with a subject of "unsubscribe" or "help".
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