defining dictionary entries
Greg E. Priest-Dorman writes:
> I have just started using the emacspeak pronounce features (C-e M-d).
I'm glad someone other than me is using it!
> I am reading the e-text of "Moby Dick" and I wanted to change the way
> it was saying "Ahab". I defined "Ahab" as "Ayhab".
What you've done above is perfectly legal --and exactly what the feature was
> designed for.
> Are other folks using this? (If not I should probably just send this
> to Raman.)
> Anyway, when once I define a word and invoke the dictioary, that word
> is pronounced as I asked, but it is read in a different voice than the
> surrounding text. Is there an easy way to tell it not to read the new
> pronunciation in a differnt voice but use whatever voice is current?
The reason the voice is different for any word for which a dictionary
pronunciation is used is to alert a blind user to the fact that what he is
hearing is due to a dictionary definition. This is really crucial if you
can't see the text on the screen; the nice thing about speech synthesizers
is that they are consistent --and sometimes even consistent mispronunciation
is better than inconsistent but correct pronunciation.
If for some reason you want to avoid this change in voice, you could turn off
voice locking --but that will turn off use of different voices for quoted
I could introduce a special toggle --say
emacspeak-toggle-pronunciation-voice-change if it will be useful; my own gut
feeling is that the change in voice is likely to be useful in 99% of the
> Perhaps I am defing the words incorrectly, would anyone like to
> submit a few examples?
> Greg Priest-Dorman
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