Coqui TTS has blew my mind!

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Fri Feb 11 16:16:54 UTC 2022

Honestly, I wish I could go into about:config, set javascript:enable
to false and be done with it. Sadly, there are times it feels like
every so called professional doing web design is under the impression
that if they aren't loading the websites they're making with tons of
unneeded JavaScript, they're doing something wrong, and for every
website that works better with JavaScript disabled, there's a website
that's either rendered useless or throws a "Please enable JavaScript"
message and won't even let you try to use it without JavaScript.

I feel like a disturbing number of web designers need an entire
semester of remediation on the KISS principle and should be forced to
do their testing without a mouse in the building... but at the same
time, I feel like the creation of a text-only browser that is fully
modern, has keybindings that aren't completely alien to those who grew
up with graphical browsers, and has Orca-like navigational hotkeys is
long overdue, and I'm not convinced any of the well-known text
browsers hit even one of those... though I'd love to be proven wrong.
A keyboard command to toggle things like JavaScript, Cookies, HTML5,
etc. on the current page/in the current tab and a permissions menu for
more granular control of such and designating exceptions to the global
settings as temporary or permanent would be nice too, but I can live
with something less convenient considering I've never found a Firefox
add-on that improves over setting cookies to "block all third party
cookies" and occasionally cleaning out the junk websites like to set
just for visiting and I never found a usable replacement for NoScript
classic after Firefox went quantum, broke all old extensions and found
the Quantum version of NoScript unusable.

Anyways, perhaps the discussion about how many web designers like to
abuse rich web content and how all the text-only web browsers seem to
be stuck in the past and how unlikely it seems for either to make any
effort to cross the divide should be made a separate thread and we can
get back to talking about the latest developments in TTS.

Anyways, has anyone figured out how to get a pip3 install tts to work
on systems running Python 3.9(the issue I've run into) or 3.10(what a
few others have reported)? or know of a way to install it via Apt
without bothering with Pip? I've been content with espeak/espeak-ng as
my daily runner for both Orca and SBL for the entire time I've been
reliant on a screen reader, but I'm curious to try out new TTS and
hear if anyone has managed to make natural sounding voices that don't
have an uncanny valley quality to them.

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