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Re: Viavoice pros and cons



Hi Kalyan,

With respect to ViaVoice, I am in the same situation as Robert , so I
cannot give you any hints about where to buy ViaVoice.

Please keep in mind that my experience with ViaVoice is limited to a
few days of usage. At this point, it seems to me that the main value
of ViaVoice in the context of Emacspeak is voice locking.  That means
different voices are used to indicate text properties or
context. Another advantage of viavoice is that it is somewhat more
intelligent than for example flite, so it will pronounce more things
correctly. Other than that, I do not see much of an advantage in
ViaVoice at this point. Flite and eflite will very soon support Alsa
sound playback so you can have auditory icons with it as well.

I really have not played enough with ViaVoice to give any good advice
on whether or not to purchase it. I guess you have to ask yourself what your
complaints about your current solution are and than find out if
ViaVoice will do better in these areas.

Regards, Lukas

Kalyan Mukherjea writes ("Re: rfc on voices tutorial [long]"):
> Hi Lucas, 
> I just wanted to know if you purchased the ViaVoice rpm's online or
> are you, like Robert, a member of the development/testing team?
>  The reason I ask is that
> I am seriously considering purchasing it from the link on the
> sourceforge accessibility page but I recall some posts in the Oralux
> list complaining that they don't deliver. Since I live in India there
> is no way I can chase them around and $40 is not a trivial sum for a
> retired person like myself.I would be happy if you could supply some
> information.
> Cheers.
> Kalyan
> 
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