lras at loc.gov
Thu Feb 19 15:53:02 UTC 2004
I posted the message, which quotes from Government Computer News, for
informational purposes. Perhaps it would be possible, under IBM's terms,
to create a consortium of users who would want to buy licensed copies of
this TTS engine for Linux. I don't have any more information than what's
in the article.
At 09:01 AM 2/19/2004 -0600, you wrote:
>A minimum order of 200! What the heck?
>At 01:29 PM 2/18/2004, you wrote:
>>>From: Hoffman Allen W <Allen.W.Hoffman at irs.gov>
>>>To: "'dtb-talk at nfbnet.org'" <dtb-talk at nfbnet.org>
>>>Subject: [Dtb-talk] Via-voice
>>>Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 12:35:53 -0500
>>>IBM brings text-to-speech to the Linux desktop
>>>IBM Corp. researchers are bringing text-to-speech capabilities to the
>>>Previously, production versions of IBM's text-to-speech engine had been
>>>available only for the Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh platforms,
>>>Schwerdtfeger, an IBM software group accessibility strategist and
>>>chairman of IBM's Accessibility Architecture Review Board.
>>>A few years ago, the company had made a beta Linux version of the speech
>>>engine available for downloading, but took it offline when it stopped
>>>later versions of the Linux kernel.
>>>The speech engine, together with a screen reader, converts text on a
>>>computer screen to sound but does not enable users to issue voice
>>>commands to the computer,
>>>Wizzard Software Corp. of Pittsburgh is distributing the IBM-developed
>>>ViaVoice speech engine as a standalone product and a component in its
>>>Voice Assistant line of products.
>>>List pricing for the standalone ViaVoice text-to-speech engine is $5 per
>>>individual user license with a minimum order of 200 licenses. Volume discounts
>>>(Posted Feb. 16. Corrected Feb. 17)
>>Braille is the solution to the digital divide.
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