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  1. Ubuntu for my Dad... ;¨) Text-to-speech problem

    My dear old 77 yr old Dad is still trying to find excuses to revert back to
    Windows which he has perfected the art of destroying every version from the
    days of win98. :¨)

    What seems to be one of the last "annoyances" he has come across is on the
    German<->English translation site www.dict.cc
    See http://www.dict.cc/?s=father for example.

    Under Windows if you click the speaker symbol the word is pronounced.
    Under Ubuntu it won't make a sound.
    if you click the "info" a box pops up stating.. "The computer voice is
    generated by text-to-speech software...."

    This seems to be a stumbling block for Ubuntu and/or Fifefox.

    Can somone point me to the right application or extension I need to get the
    audio pronunciation from this site?
    To date I have solved every "but I could do this with windows" anti-linux
    excuse he's come across.
    Having spent soooooo many hours getting him away from windows for my own sanity
    I would hate to have to put my hands up and admit defeat.

    Thanks in advance.
    Pete

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  2. Re: Ubuntu for my Dad... ;¨) Text-to-speech problem

    Pet - www.GymRatZ.co.uk wrote:

    > Under Windows if you click the speaker symbol the word is pronounced.
    > Under Ubuntu it won't make a sound.
    > if you click the "info" a box pops up stating.. "The computer voice is
    > generated by text-to-speech software...."
    >
    > This seems to be a stumbling block for Ubuntu and/or Fifefox.


    Further information - on this rickety old machine running windows XP the sounds
    don't work under Fifefox2 but do work under IE6 if it makes a difference.

    Cheers
    Pete

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  3. Re: Ubuntu for my Dad... ;¬) Text-to-speechproblem

    Pet - www.GymRatZ.co.uk illuminated alt.os.linux.ubuntu by typing:
    > My dear old 77 yr old Dad is still trying to find excuses to revert back to
    > Windows which he has perfected the art of destroying every version from the
    > days of win98. :¬)
    >
    > What seems to be one of the last "annoyances" he has come across is on the
    > German<->English translation site www.dict.cc
    > See http://www.dict.cc/?s=father for example.
    >
    > Under Windows if you click the speaker symbol the word is pronounced.
    > Under Ubuntu it won't make a sound.
    > if you click the "info" a box pops up stating.. "The computer voice is
    > generated by text-to-speech software...."
    >
    > This seems to be a stumbling block for Ubuntu and/or Fifefox.
    >
    > Can somone point me to the right application or extension I need to get the
    > audio pronunciation from this site?
    > To date I have solved every "but I could do this with windows" anti-linux
    > excuse he's come across.
    > Having spent soooooo many hours getting him away from windows for my own sanity
    > I would hate to have to put my hands up and admit defeat.
    >
    > Thanks in advance.
    > Pete


    Pete. I've got audio using firefox in 8.04.

    Perhaps installing the audio codecs would help

    Open a terminal
    Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal

    $ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

    That will download a number of audio and video codecs and hopefully
    cure the problem (it's one of the only restricted packages I use,
    hence the suggestion)

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    corners very well." ~ Emo Philips

  4. Re: Ubuntu for my Dad... ;¬) Text-to-speech problem

    Moog wrote:

    >
    > Pete. I've got audio using firefox in 8.04.
    >
    > Perhaps installing the audio codecs would help
    >
    > Open a terminal
    > Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal
    >
    > $ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
    >
    > That will download a number of audio and video codecs and hopefully
    > cure the problem (it's one of the only restricted packages I use,
    > hence the suggestion)


    Much appreciated Moog.
    Your post has been copied to the elderly gentleman, I'll report back on
    results in due course.
    :¬)

    Cheers
    Pete

  5. Re: Ubuntu for my Dad... ;¬) Text-to-speechproblem

    www.GymRatZ.co.uk illuminated alt.os.linux.ubuntu by typing:
    > Moog wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> Pete. I've got audio using firefox in 8.04.
    >>
    >> Perhaps installing the audio codecs would help
    >>
    >> Open a terminal
    >> Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal
    >>
    >> $ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
    >>
    >> That will download a number of audio and video codecs and hopefully
    >> cure the problem (it's one of the only restricted packages I use,
    >> hence the suggestion)

    >
    > Much appreciated Moog.
    > Your post has been copied to the elderly gentleman, I'll report back on
    > results in due course.
    >:¬)
    >
    > Cheers
    > Pete


    Aaah. You may want to copy this to him too Pete, just in case.

    The package is sat in the "multiverse" repository.

    If it fails to download, he may need to enable that repository.

    Open
    System -> Administration -> Software Sources

    Make sure there's a check in the box for

    "Software restricted by copyright or legal issues (multiverse)"

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    custard‚ÄĚ ~ Spike Milligan.

  6. Re: Ubuntu for my Dad... ;¬) Text-to-speechproblem

    On 2008-06-27, Pet - www.GymRatZ.co.uk hit the keyboard and wrote:
    > Pet - www.GymRatZ.co.uk wrote:
    >
    >> Under Windows if you click the speaker symbol the word is pronounced.
    >> Under Ubuntu it won't make a sound.
    >> if you click the "info" a box pops up stating.. "The computer voice is
    >> generated by text-to-speech software...."
    >>
    >> This seems to be a stumbling block for Ubuntu and/or Fifefox.

    >
    > Further information - on this rickety old machine running windows XP the sounds
    > don't work under Fifefox2 but do work under IE6 if it makes a difference.


    please have a look at these, I'm sure there is something for you...
    :-)

    I used "festival" to generate some "warning" and log-on message...

    espeak - A multi-lingual software speech synthesizer
    ksayit - a frontend for the KDE Text-to-Speech system
    kttsd - a Text-to-Speech system for KDE
    libgnome-speech-dev - GNOME text-to-speech library (development headers)
    libgnome-speech7 - GNOME text-to-speech library
    brltty-flite - Access software for a blind person using a braille display
    cowsay - A configurable talking cow
    eflite - Festival-Lite based emacspeak speech server
    epos - Text-to-speech system
    festival - General multi-lingual speech synthesis system
    festival-freebsoft-utils - Festival extensions and utilities
    festival-hi - Festival text to speech synthesizer for Hindi
    festival-mr - Festival text to speech synthesizer for Marathi
    festival-te - Festival text to speech synthesizer for Telugu (te) language
    festlex-ifd - Italian support for Festival
    festvox-kallpc16k - American English male speaker for festival, 16khz sample rate
    festvox-kallpc8k - American English male speaker for festival, 8khz sample rate
    festvox-kdlpc16k - American English male speaker for festival, 16khz sample rate
    festvox-kdlpc8k - American English male speaker for festival, 8khz sample rate
    ihu - Qt VoIP softphone with an own, encrypted protocol
    kttsd-contrib-plugins - the KDE Text-to-Speech system
    libtime-human-perl - convert localtime() format to "speaking clock" time
    lsr - The Linux Screen Reader for GNOME
    recite - English text speech synthesizer
    screader - Screen reader using software or hardware speech synthesizer
    festvox-rablpc16k - British English male speaker for festival, 16khz sample rate
    festvox-rablpc8k - British English male speaker for festival, 8khz sample rate
    gnome-speech-swift - GNOME text-to-speech library (Cepstral swift engine support)
    w3-recs - Recommendations of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
    libmythes-dev - simple thesaurus library (development files)

    ++++

    I didn't copy and paste the above just :

    :,! apt-cache search text to speech in "vim" the editor I use when
    using "SLRN"...


    >
    > Cheers
    > Pete
    >



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