Speakup Soft Speech--What's the status?

Janina Sajka janina at rednote.net
Mon Jun 7 09:32:52 EDT 2004

Historically, Kirk, you are correct. However, the trend is to identify language in documents. And, it's certainly possible to read any particular user's .i18n data, should they have such a file. So, there are certainly mechanisms for web documents and particular user logins. I have been working inside the W3C to argue that we need also to have clearly defined mechanisms for changing language on the fly within a document so that, for example, your French book can be en English mostly, but switch to French and back again, as it seeks to teach you French. May I note that the NISO/DAISY, next-generation ANSI Z39-86 supports this?

Kirk Reiser writes:
> Janina Sajka <janina at rednote.net> writes:
> > Chuck, you're reading me loud and clear! <grin> That's exactly what
> > I mean. I see that Speech-Dispatcher claims to support switching
> > among soft synths on the fly, even based on circumstance. For
> > example, it supports responding to different languages by using a
> > different soft synth. So, I expect that we should have a concept of
> > how we facilitate switching from Flite, to DEC Talk software speech,
> > and then to Cepstral, and then back again to Flite. And, it needs to
> > be as easy as using Speaks With--which I thank you for, by the way.
> That is an unintentional mistake in the speech dispatcher
> documentation.  It would be very difficult to be able to reliably
> determine in context what language a particular word or phrase was
> part of.
> The speech dispatcher software does support switching of synths on the
> fly but it is a very recent addition brought on by my questioning this
> exact topic of documentation.
> I do not have support for switching on the fly yet in speakup or
> speechd-up but will hopefully in the near future now that it can be
> done in speech dispatcher.
>   Kirk
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