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Re: Mathematica text-to-speech?
I believe that Macintosh has some kind of speech control panel or extension which is, among other things, made available through Apple developers kits and perhaps more recent OS releases (I'm a little uncertain about the Mac side). Suitable text-to-speech software on Windows would be something that provides a text-to-speech engine compatible with the Microsoft Speech SDK 3.0 (I think 2.0 might work, too). Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with which vendors support this. While I've seen Mac and Windows versions work at some point, don't count on them for any real work. The text-to-speech interfaces are barely at the toy/experimental level at this point, and they've received virtually no testing. Sincerely, John Fultz jfultz at wolfram.com Front End Group Wolfram Research, Inc. > 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.) > > -- > Murray Eisenberg Internet: murray at math.umass.edu > Mathematics & Statistics Dept. Voice: 413-545-2859 (W) > University of Massachusetts 413-549-1020 (H) > Amherst, MA 01003 Fax: 413-545-1801 >