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A problem with punctuation setting with possible related the Speech-disp

From: Michael Whapples
Subject: A problem with punctuation setting with possible related the Speech-dispatcher Espeak module
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:30:08 +0000

I think I have nailed down where the problem lies, it turns out its in 
espeak itself.

It seems to be that if there is a punctuation character defined in the 
list of punctuation characters which espeak should speak which is 
immediately after a punctuation character which is not in the list then 
espeak doesn't speak the bit before the punctuation mark.

So taking the example 21.-test, try the following command:
espeak --punct="-" "21.-test"
Now try:
espeak --punct=".-" "21.-test"
espeak "21.-test"

OK, a bit more exploration reveals its more specific, its when the 
punctuation before the one in the punctuation list is a full stop or a 
comma (may be any punctuation leading to a pause). Try some of these:
espeak --punct="-" "21,-test"
espeak --punct="-" "21/-test"
espeak --punct="-" "21?-test"
espeak --punct="-" "21\!-test"

OK, so if the bug lives in espeak, then espeak is probably the best 
place for the fix. However as speech-dispatcher is meant to make speech 
synthesisers behave consistently, if it may take time for such a fix to 
appear in espeak, would it be appropriate to have a fix in 

Michael Whapples
On -10/01/37 20:59, Hammer Attila wrote:
> Dear List,
> Some time hungarian date formats using following type strings:
> janu?r 21.-?n
> Janu?r means in english january string, the 21.-?n string means 21th.
> When the punctuation setting is setted Speech-dispatcher for example 
> with some, Speech-dispatcher Espeak module spokening only the - 
> character and the suffix, but skyp the - character before have number.
> I testing purpose turn Speech-dispatcher default language with 
> english, and I see same results.
> When you trying testing spd-say with "21.-text" string, 
> Speech-dispatcher will be skyp number and dot speaking, only spokening 
> the - character and text text.
> This is resulting a problem for example when I using Orca with few or 
> few or most punctuation settings with Speech-dispatcher Espeak module.
> The problem is happening perhaps because I setted following 
> punctuation characters with 
> .speech-dispatcher/conf/modules/espeak.conf file with always want hear 
> if the Orca punctuation setting is not none:
> EspeakPunctuationList "@+_?\"\?()[]:-{}|%<>\?"
> The problem is happening if list containing the - character, other 
> cases not. This is true with Orca and spd-say too.
> If I setting punctuation level with "all" with 
> .speech-dispatcher/conf/speechd.conf, the problem is not happening, 
> independent the .speech-dispatcher/conf/modules/espeak.conf file 
> containing the - character or not (spd-say right spokening the 
> 21.-text string).
> This is not true for Orca, I think this bug is related with following 
> bug if the manual defined list containing - character:
> https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=623595
> Or:
> https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=440114
> Need doing any fix with Speech-dispatcher Espeak module level?
> Attila

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