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Mathematica text-to-speech?

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg13907] Mathematica text-to-speech?
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
  • Date: Sun, 6 Sep 1998 02:55:43 -0400
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Glynn & Gray's "The Beginner's Guide to Mathematica Version 3"
tantalizing mentions two commands for converting Mathematica text to
speech:

- the "low-level packet" SpeakTextPacket[text]    (page 264)

- the "command token" SelectionSpeak              (page 277)

(Both are iconically marked with the wolf character to indicate they are
unsupported/unofficial.)

The descriptions of both include the qualification that they work only
on Macintosh and Windows and only if you have suitable text-to-speech
system software.

What is such "suitable text-to-speech" software on both the Mac and
Windows 95/NT platforms?

Do the two commands work at all with the currently-released Mathematica
3.0.1?  (Note that G & G refer here and there so a version 3.1.)

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