Re: Is there seriously a possibility of "DOING AWAY WITH ESPEAK"? DOING AWAY WITH ESPEAK

Mallard <mallard@...>

Doing away with Espeak, and then what?

Compelling people to buy commercial voices?

I think espeak is still the best non-human synth freely available.

I have Vocalizer Expressive, but I only use the Russian and Hebrew voices.

the Italian voices are awful to say the least. Not the sound, but the intonation. They all sound foreign, get lots of accents wrong, and after a while I just can't stand them anymore.

If there's a viable, free, open source alternative, then ok. If not, long live Espeak!



Il 20/04/2016 22:29, Shaun Everiss ha scritto:
Well I got used to it.
There was a servey once maybe there needs to be another.
At any rate espeak as it is is fine, maybe it could be improved some if at all possible.

On 21/04/2016 7:47 a.m., Laurie Mehta via wrote:
I am confused...
I began noticing several e-mails defending E Speak and am wondering what brought the issue up in the first place?

Many great reasons have already been given in favor of E Speak and I agree with all of them. I hope that there is not actually any consideration being given of dropping E Speak from NVDA. (smile)

On Wed, 4/20/16, Christo de Klerk <christodeklerk@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [nvda] DOING AWAY WITH ESPEAK
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 8:29 AM

Hello from another South

eSpeak has some
features not found in other synthesisers which, in my
view, make it an essential synthesiser to have
around. It is the only
one I know which can
pronounce the International Phonetic Alphabet and
the Greek alphabet when using an English voice,
which is extremely
important for anyone
interested in linguistics. It reads diacritic
characters correctly which expensive
synthesisers like Ivona cannot even
Apart from these linguistic features, eSpeak must be just
about the
most responsive synthesiser. It
also probably is the most accurate in
pronunciation of any synthesiser I know; in other words, it

mispronounces fewer words than other
synthesisers do. I think the author
eSpeak, Jonathan Duddington, did a truly wonderful job with

Another point: if
you don't particularly care for the default voices
used by eSpeak, you can install and use the
MBrola voices which are also
supported by
eSpeak and which can pronounce everything eSpeak does.
These voices have a very natural sound. I use
the UK English voice.
Installing MBrola is
admittedly a mission, but once installed they
definitely are worth the trouble.

Kind regards

Other Christo (by the way, it
is not true that half the men in South
Africa are called Christo).

On 2016/04/20 1:15 PM, Jacob
Kruger wrote:
> Christo,
> Am also based in SA,
and, yes, eSpeak is my choice when using NVDA,
> partly due to it handling multiple
languages, but, also, since while
it's not particularly natural sounding, it is definitely
> clear-sounding, makes it easy to
be pretty sure what you're hearing it
> say, etc. - which is also pretty important
when working as a
> programmer/software
> In
other words, while understand why some people might prefer
> natural sounding voices,
they're definitely not of too much interest
> to some of us, all the
> Stay well
> Jacob Kruger
> Blind
> Skype: BlindZA
> "Roger Wilco wants to welcome the space janitor's closet..."
> On 2016-04-20 10:53
AM, Christo Vorster wrote:
>> Hi
>> I do
not necessarily agree with the idea to do away with ESpeak.
>> believe that is a case of
"horses for causes."
>> In South Africa, more specifically, at
the Institute for the Blind in
Worcester where I am a lecturer, we extensively use ESpeak
to read
>> Afrikaans. And may I say,
the quality of ESpeak's Afrikaans is actually
>> very good.
>> I won't mind if the developers do
away with ESpeak, but before that
happens I want definite proof that the replacement program
has, at
>> least, the same quality,
preferably, better.
>> Cheers
>> Christo


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