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Speech Dispatcher 0.1 released




Speech Dispatcher 0.1 released
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The Brailcom organization is happy to announce the release
of Speech Dispatcher 0.1 developed as a part of the Free(b)Soft
project.

* What is Speech Dispatcher?

  Speech Dispatcher is a device independent layer for speech
  synthesis, developed with the goal of making the usage of speech
  synthesis easier for application programmers. It takes care of most
  of the tasks necessary to solve in speech enabled applications. What
  is a very high level GUI library to graphics, Speech Dispatcher is
  to speech synthesis.

  The architecture of Speech Dispatcher is based on a proven
  client/server model. The basic means of client communication
  with Speech Dispatcher is through a TCP connection using the Speech
  Synthesis Independent Protocol (SSIP).

  Key Speech Dispatcher features are:

  - Message priority model that allows multiple simultaneous
    connections to Speech Dispatcher from one or more clients
    and tries to provide the user with the most important messages.

  - Different output modules that talk to different synthesizers
    so that the programmer doesn't need to care which particular
    synthesizer is being used. Currently Festival, Flite and Epos are
    supported.

  - Client-based configuration allows users to configure different
    settings for different clients that connect to Speech Dispatcher.

  - Simple interface for programs written in C and C++ provided
    through a shared library. There is also an Elisp library
    being developed as a separate project speechd-el, Python
    library. Possibly an interface to any other language
    can be developed.

* Where to get it?

  You can get the distribution tarball of the released version from
  http://www.freebsoft.org/pub/projects/speechd/speechd-0.1.tar.gz .

  We recommend you to fetch the sound icons Speech Dispatcher can use as
  well. They are available at
  http://www.freebsoft.org/pub/projects/sound-icons/sound-icons-0.1.tar.gz

  Corresponding Debian packages are available at
  http://www.freebsoft.org/pub/projects/speechd/deb/ and
  http://www.freebsoft.org/pub/projects/sound-icons/deb/ .

  The home page of the project is http://www.freebsoft.org/speechd .

* How to report bugs?

  Please report bugs at <speechd@bugs.freebsoft.org>. For other
  contact please use <speechd@freebsoft.org>
  

Happy synthesizing!

-- 

Jan Buchal
Tel: (00420) 224921679
Mob: (00420) 608023021

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