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Re: First install experience
Jean Jordaan writes:
> Tomas, Bart, thanks a lot for the mbrola driver. After a trying
> day during which I learned a lot the hard way, I have
> emacspeak up and running on Jacques's computer. As far as
> Jacques is concerned, it compares favourably to what he's used
> to under Windows. Of course, he doesn't have any experience of
> working with emacs yet. Neither do I. At the moment it feels as if
> I'm struggling through a soup of obscurity.
it'll probably feel like that for a while *grin* but the lurning curve is certainly worth it.
> The driver works OK, but c-e c-s is necessary to revive it every now
> and then. It also seems to lose a word now and then, and some words
yes, this is a bug, and will be fixed hopefully in the next release.
the next release, while it may be a while in arriving, will be a vast improvement over what we have at the moment.
> are almost inaudible. "Appointment", for example. Compared to the
this is an easy one.
i'll make a cleanup release in the next couple of days. this is caused by a workarround that was necessary before when the dyphone matrix in the en1 database was not complete.
the oi sound isn't pronounced.
i thought i'd updated this one.
it'll be fixed soon. thanks for pointing it out.
> TEST/*.au files, the speech is a bit of a let-down, unsurprisingly.
> Am I right that the mbrola driver doesn't support speech-speeds, or
> different tones for caps etc?
speech speeds are certainly supported.
c-e d r to set them
> Newbie-type frustrations at the moment: c-h i to read info from
> inside emacs just doesn't work, and neither does c-h F to read the
> faq. "info emacs" and "info emacspeak" from the commandline work
> fine. Are there perhaps some environment variables I'm not setting?
not shure what may be causing this one.
> There aren't any auditory icons either, although I set the
> environment variable referred to in the Makefile
> (EMACSPEAK_PLAY_PROGRAM, I think, = na_play). I couldn't find splay
> on my system. If I cat them to /dev/audio, the icons work fine. (Not
> ring.au, though). (The fr2 database, also, is rejected by mbrola as
the play program distributed with emacspeak should work fine. sometimes when using mbrola-server with auditory icons, you will find they step on each others toes.
this also will be fixed when we move to using the network audio system again in a later release. this will allow for the proper mixing of both speech and audio.
> being too old).
> more detail later, and thanks a lot again,
> --jean . .. ..... ///\oo/\\\
no worries. >
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