[Kde-accessibility] Current state of KTTS / KSpeech Interface

Jeremy jeremy at scitools.com
Tue Feb 26 19:42:43 CET 2008

On Tuesday 26 February 2008 04:05:04 Conrad Hoffmann wrote:
> Hi folks!
> I was trying to port my Kopete KTTS plugin [1] to KDE4, thus trying to get
> things "spoken" by KTTS. At first, I followed Instructions given at [2].
> The jobs showed up in the KTTSMgr config, and it was even indicating that
> they were beein spoken. I just couldn't hear anthing. I immediately figured
> my backend just didn't work properly. I can currently only try festival,
> und it does not work on the command line because of sound driver issues.
> Unfortunately, in a fit of curiosity, I tried KMouth. And to my dismay, it
> talked to me, crisp and clear.
> I tried in all possible ways (qdbus cli, generic QDBusInterface, KSpeech
> Interface) to reproduce, what KMouth does (e.g, I noticed it uses job
> priority warning). In the end, I used _the exact same code_ as KMouth. But
> it still won't speak my messages.
> Does anyone have some clues for me? Is KTTS even considered to work,
> currently? If not, how does KMouth work? If so, how do I get my stuff to
> work?
> For reference:
> I last compiled trunk like 12 hours ago, but the problem was there before.
> KMouth does use the kde4 speech subsystem (at least the jobs show in
> KTTSMgr). All other jobs show up there, too. They just don't get spoken
> (i.e. I can't hear anything)
> Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
> Please CC me off list, I am not subscribed.
> Regards, conrausch
> [1] http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=30900
> [2]
> http://api.kde.org/4.x-api/kdelibs-apidocs/interfaces/kspeech/html/index.ht

I've always wondered about the purpose of that plugin. (I've used it before) C
ouldn't the same functionality be added by fixing kopete's notifications to se
nd the contents of the incoming/outgoing message in the notification?  It work
s fine for konversation (in kde3) this way, but not for kopete for some reason

I just tried in kopete in kde4 also, and it has the same problem.  (Just insta
ll kdeaccessibility, and try to set any kopete notification to speak the notif
ication message, or name, and you'll see what I mean.


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