SV: dectalk

hank smith hank at
Mon Sep 13 14:40:42 UTC 2004

you can use software speech with speak up?
how do you set all of this up?
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stephen Clower" <steve at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Monday, September 13, 2004 5:12 AM
Subject: Re: SV: dectalk

> 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?
>>-----Ursprungligt meddelande-----
>>Från: blinux-list-bounces at
>>[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) 
>> > 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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