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Mathematica text-to-speech?

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

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

- 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

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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