punctuation spoken with a pause and echo
jsd at clara.co.uk
Tue Jan 13 03:51:03 CET 2009
> When I switch Orca from gnome-speech to speech-dispatcher the
> punctuation gets spoken with a noticeable pause before and after and
>an echoing sound.
That's probably eSpeak. When asked to speak the names of punctuation
characters, it applies a small echo, in order to distinguish the names
of punctuation characters from words in the text. Some people think
this is a good idea, some don't.
> The pause is a real problem, as it makes everything sluggish.
> Is there a way to avoid this? Is it a pulseaudio problem?
I've looked at this and I found that eSpeak was adding extra pauses
where it should not. I have fixed this now in eSpeak version 1.40.06,
which is available at:
> PS: I've also noticed that, although I use espeak with both speech
> systems, the names for the punctuation change.
I think one system (probably Gnome-speech) translates punctuation
characters to names before calling eSpeak, whereas Speech-dispatcher
asks eSpeak to do the conversion.
Different people have different views on the best names for characters.
The eSpeak "en" voice says "stroke", but the "en-us" voice says
"slash" (which Americans seem to prefer).
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