getting emacspeak to work with espeak on Fedora 18

Tony Baechler tony at
Fri Feb 1 08:02:24 UTC 2013

I don't use Fedora due to their lack of interest in accessibility.  I am not 
sure, but I don't know if the Fedora distro is still 
current.  I mention it because it might have better Emacspeak support.  With 
all of that said, I know that the distros I've used have the main Emacspeak 
package and ESpeak which you said are both installed.  However, Emacspeak 
requires what upstream calls speech servers to work with synthesizers other 
than the DECtalk and a few others.  I would look for other Emacspeak 
packages which call themselves speech servers.  I don't know of any names 
offhand, but I'm pretty sure I've seen one for ESpeak.  Installing it should 
hopefully make it the default.  Otherwise, there is probably something you 
can edit by hand.  Maybe search for:
"emacspeak-ss-espeak" or similar.  You can also look at the upstream site 
and see if you can find documentation.

On 1/31/2013 12:26 PM, Al Sten-Clanton wrote:
> Does anybody know how to get emacspeak to work with espeak on Fedora 18--or,
> for that matter--Fedora period? I never have. I just installed emacs and
> emacspeak, and I already have espeak. Apparently unlike with some distros,
> installing emacspeak does not bring up a menu for choosing your speech output.

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