[Kde-accessibility] KTTS recent enhancements and KSpeech API change
garycramblitt at comcast.net
Sun Apr 17 15:37:53 CEST 2005
Based on some input from Olaf Schmidt and David Powell, KTTS has been enhanced
to provide more options for controlling speech of notifications from
applications (KNotify). You may now specify spoken actions for events at
1. Specific event of specific application.
2. All other events of specific application.
3. All other events.
For each event, the action may be:
1. Do not speak the notification.
2. Speak the notification event name. "New mail has arrived."
3. Speak the notification message.
4. Speak a custom message.
For each action, you may also specify the desired Talker in one of three ways:
1. Use the default (topmost) Talker.
2. Use closest matching Talker having a specified synthesizer, gender,
volume, rate, or language.
3. Use a specific configured Talker.
There is a problem with the Select Talker dialog that displays these choices.
I can't seem to get KDialogBase to honor the minimum size of the contained
widget, even though the widget sizing behaves correctly in Designer "Preview
Form". If anyone can spot what I'm doing wrong, I'd be grateful. Code is
A small change affects current filters. In the past, notification messages
came from application ID "knotify". Now, the source application is the
application that sent the notification to KNotify. If you have any filters
that specify a source application, they may need tweaking.
There is a small change I'd like to make to the KSpeech API. It should not
affect current applications, but if I'm wrong, please let me know.
The existing resumeText() method has the following sentence in the
If the job was not paused, it is the same as calling @ref startText.
I want to change this to
If the job is currently speaking, or is waiting to be spoken (speakable
state), the resumeText() call is ignored.
I'm not sure why the original spec was written that way, but it causes a
problem if a user accidentally resumes a job twice, causing the job to start
over from the beginning.
In other news, the Cepstral folks have sent me an SDK for their Swift TTS
engine. Cepstral sells commercial high-quality voices for Windows and Linux.
Alan Black, one of the authors of Festival, is a member of the Cepstral
Board. I will soon be adding a new Cepstral plugin to KTTS. Among other
things, this means a French language will finally be available for use in
KTTS (for a price).
Gary Cramblitt (aka PhantomsDad)
KDE Text-to-Speech Maintainer
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