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Re: [gnuspeech-contact] Re: Thoughts on GNUSpeech and possible accessibi

From: David Hill
Subject: Re: [gnuspeech-contact] Re: Thoughts on GNUSpeech and possible accessibility applications
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2009 19:22:17 -0700

Hi Jason,

On Apr 7, 2009, at 5:59 PM, Jason White wrote:

Dalmazio Brisinda <address@hidden> wrote:

The text to speech daemon has been partially ported to OS X. By  
"partially" I mean given text it generates synthesized output, but there 
is currently no intonation (something I intend to remedy shortly) or 
other more sophisticated features. It's also accessible via OS X 

The ability to silence speech very quickly and start speaking a new message is
a particularly important additional feature that would be required for
accessibility applications.

Also desirable is the capacity to track which word is currently being spoken
in text already submitted by the application. Control over such matters as the
handling of punctuation characters (whether to announce them or simply process
them as influences upon the pausing and intonation) would need to be
controllable via the API, as would speech rate and any other tunable

You may be interested to check out the paper that describes the "Touch 'n Talk" system that Dalmazio mentioned in an earlier email.  The direct link is:

it is an item on my university web site to which you can also navigate.

I wish it were all up and working right now.   It was very disappointing to lose it, along with all the other stuff we had developed, when NeXT went belly up but getting it up again is one of the goals towards which we are headed.  It would meet (and hopefully exceed) the requirements you have started to outline.


All good wishes.

David Hill
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