SV: dectalk

Stephen Clower steve at
Mon Sep 13 12:12:59 UTC 2004

That should work just fine. However, I'd like to make one minor correction 
to the info which Kenny gave. Yasr actually uses the Emacspeak server to 
communicate with the Dectalk program. The overhead is probably considerably 
less than Speechd-up, but I think Speechd-up does a much better job of 
utilizing the capabilities of the Dectalk software.

At 04:52 AM 9/13/2004, you wrote:
>Thanks for the help!
>I plan to use dectalk  on a computer with 600 mhz speed.
>The screen reading tools I plan to use is both emacs and yasr. Do you 
>think this works?
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>[mailto:blinux-list-bounces at]För Kenny Hitt
>Skickat: den 13 september 2004 11:48
>Till: Linux for blind general discussion
>Ämne: Re: dectalk
>Hi.  Fonix sells an external DECtalk.  It has serial and USB connectors.
>I don't know if it can be used in DOS.  As long as the DOS screen reader
>talks to the serial port, it should work.  I just bought a used DECtalk
>express of ebay for $200.00.  I only got the synth with no manuals or
>software.  I'm using it now with speakup with no problems.
>The system requirements for DECtalk will depend on whether you use
>speech-dispatcher.  If you use speech-dispatcher, you will have the
>overhead from it to consider.  Yasr is the only console screen reader I
>know about that can use the DECtalk software without talking to
>speech-dispatcher.  Emacspeak can also work without speech-dispatcher,
>but you will be limited to programs accessable from emacs.
>Window-eyes ships with software DECtalk, and I think you can buy a stand
>alone version from Gwmicro.
>Hope this helps.
>           Kenny
>On Mon, Sep 13, 2004 at 10:43:08AM +0200, Gustafsson Kristoffer (elev) wrote:
> > Hello!
> > I need some answers on a dectalk question.
> > I plan to install linux on a computer and use the dectalk runtime as my 
> speech synthesizer.
> > My question is What system requirements is tere for good speech?
> > I know that when using other speech synthesizers like mbrola and 
> festival the speech gets very bad if i have a slow computer.
> > I have visited fonix, but there is no system requirements page.
> > Also, I need to get help with finding two other dectalk products so I 
> can buy them.
> > The first is an external dectalk for use in ms-dos, and the other is 
> the software dectalk for windows.
> > Can you help me with findiing these products?
> > thanks in advance
> >
> > kristoffer
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