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Re: Should we use the emacspeak speech back-end system-wide in Vinux?



speech-dispatcher used to be a wonderful program.  Now it seems that the development group is only concerned with having it work with ORCA.  That's fine as far as it goes, we need speech-dispatcher to play nicely with the ORCA shark :-)

But there is more - much very much more to text to speech than ORCA.

What good is speech-dispatcher if it doesn't work with speakup?

That just means that modern Linux distributions that want TTS will just have to use an older speech-dispatcher and if need be an older ORCA - but isn't this just nuts?

I hope someone from the speech-dispatcher development team will look kindly at those who use their programing.

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On Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 6:30 AM, Bill Cox <waywardgeek@gmail.com> wrote:
I'm having trouble with speech-dispatcher in Ubuntu Maverick.  I have
to login to Gnome to get it working.  The 0.7 version has basically
dropped support for global sources of sound, like speakup, so far as I
can tell.  I have to compile my own hacked up copy of speechd-up o get
any speech at all.

So, I am considering giving up on speech-dispatcher and seeing if
using the emacspeak back-end could be extended to work with speakup,
SBL, and yasr.  While I haven't tried it, I read that emacspeak
provides a superior back-end for Orca already.  I may be able to make
this the default back end for the upcoming Vinux release based on
Ubuntu Maverick.  Is this a good or a bad idea?  If switching to the
emacspeak back-end is desirable, what's the best way to get it working
with speakup and other tools?

Thanks,
Bill

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