hank smith hank at
Mon Sep 13 14:35:05 UTC 2004

how do you use dectalk with yasr? what do you use to set that up?
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kenny Hitt" <kenny at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Monday, September 13, 2004 2:48 AM
Subject: 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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