getting emacspeak to work with espeak on Fedora 18

Albert Sten-Clanton albert.e.sten_clanton at
Fri Feb 1 16:53:22 UTC 2013

Tony, thanks for your suggestions.  So far, I've had no luck, but I'll keep
looking into it.  I just used a Sonar Project CD to see what an emacspeak
speech output choice menu would give me, and I didn't see anything that
looked lit it was for espeak.  (Unless I misread my choices, the default
seemed to be DECTalk hardware speech.) 

I agree fully with your complaint about Fedora.  I'm using it now (1)
because I like yum a lot and (2) I hope it'll help me with skills more
employers can use.  Otherwise, I'd probably use Arch or maybe Debian testing
or sid, as both Arch and Debian have very good documentation.  

Again, thanks!


-----Original Message-----
From: blinux-list-bounces at [mailto:blinux-list-bounces at]
On Behalf Of Tony Baechler
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2013 3:02 AM
To: Linux for blind general discussion
Subject: Re: getting emacspeak to work with espeak on Fedora 18

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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