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Re: SpeakTextPacket in 5.2

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  • Subject: [mg65473] Re: [mg65450] SpeakTextPacket in 5.2
  • From: Christopher Purcell <christopherpurcell at>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2006 06:59:45 -0400 (EDT)
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There is a routine (probably by Neil Soiffer) given at 
that works with Version 5.2. It uses LinkWrite, rather than  
FrontEndExecute. I find this useful
for calling out status and warning messages from long calculations  
that are running in the background. The "voice" code selects from  
among the system installed voices that your OS provides.


christopherpurcell at

On Apr 2, 2006, at 6:00 AM, Dana DeLouis wrote:

> Hello.  I use to have this function in my startup file.  It would  
> speak the
> text, and I remember that it worked well.
> say[s_String]:= FrontEndExecute[SpeakTextPacket[s]]
> However, I have not gotten this to work in awhile.
> Has anyone gotten this to work with version 5.2?
> The Mathematica Journal (9-3, pg. 300) recommends the following line
> first...
> FrontEndExecute[SetSpeechParametersPacket[1]]
> Then...
> FrontEndExecute[SpeakTextPacket["Hello there."]]
> However, the above no longer works.
> Speech works well on my computer using Microsoft Office 2003.
> I know this is an "undocumented feature," so I cannot complain.  :>0
> Just wondering.  Maybe it is a version 5 thing.
> Thanks.
> dana.del at

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