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Re: freetts on ibook



Hi Yvonne:

The speech server for FreeTTS was done rather quickly, and perhaps in
rather poor taste (i.e., if I recall correctly, it acts as a DECtalk
server and just strips out all the DECtalk commands).  For me, the
biggest problem is not getting the server to run, it's getting Emacspeak
to find it.  I've never completely wrapped my mind around what Emacspeak
is doing.  Perhaps it's just too simple and I keep looking for the
harder solution.  

Raman and I sat in his living room devising a plan to do a better job of
the FreeTTS server for emacspeak and I still have the notes (though I'll
need to dig to find them).  But...alas...my real job of leading the Orca
screen reader project has totally consumed me and any potential free
time I've had since then.  

Will


On Wed, 2006-08-23 at 06:18 +1000, Yvonne Thomson wrote:
> At Tue, 22 Aug 2006 05:58:16 -0700,
> T V Raman wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > I suggest you try compiling FLite for the Mac -- a G4 is a pretty
> > fast machine, and unless the Java implementation on that platform
> > is really really bad, you should be able to run TTS on it realtime.
> 
> That's what's puzzling me about the whole thing. All my research says
> that Java on the mac is really fast, and that freetts is really fast.
> 
> I'm seriously considering dropping a note to whoever wrote the speech
> server and seeing if there's some other problem.
> 
> As for flite, well, umm, there doesn't seem to be much point there. That
> was my original plan, since that's what I'm using already, but
> according to the readme file  they haven't got output to the sound card working on the Mac.
> 
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