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When auto-language switching fails


 

I have a question for all you bilingual folks. I'm learning Spanish and entering now my fourth quarter and have moved from beginner to intermediate.
If I use JAWS and when a website, assignment or test doesn't have the correct markup for automatic language switching, I can issue the keystroke Control-Windows-L to have JAWS change the synthesizer language. 
 
But I am not finding any feature in NVDA that does the same thing. I can certainly go to preferences and Speech and make changes there, but I'm often reading things in Spanish with instructions or explanations in English. And I prefer the Braille support NVDA gives me with Spanish. Is there an easier way to switch synthesizer languages on the fly?

I previously used the switch synth add-on before NVDA moved to Python 3. But I removed all my add-ons to make the upgrade easier, and then just installed Braille extender.  Is that switch Synth add-on still the easiest or the only way to do this?
And are my only choices for free Spanish voices the Microsoft and the Espeak Spanish voices?
 
Thanks for the help.
 


Bianka Brankovic <bianka.brankovic@...>
 

Hi Deborah and all,

 

I just checked Switch Synth is on the list of compatible add-ons.

 

If you cannot or do not want to install the add-on the only other way I know is to define profiles for the other languages and to bind them to triggers/programs or activate them manually.  

 

I wonder how difficult it is to implement a keystroke like NVDA-CTRl-G for changing into the Profiles Management setting and if this might be useful for other scenarios as well.  or if it might be possible to integrate the Switch Synth feature into the core, just thinking aloud here.

 

If there already is an issue on this on Github, or if this has been discussed before, please let me know.

 

Thanks and kind regards,

 

Bianka Brankovic

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 


Rui Fontes
 

Have you tried to use the synth ring commands?

NVDA+Control+arrows.


It will let you change language almost immediatly...


Rui Fontes


Às 22:39 de 24/09/2020, Deborah Armstrong escreveu:

I have a question for all you bilingual folks. I'm learning Spanish and entering now my fourth quarter and have moved from beginner to intermediate.
If I use JAWS and when a website, assignment or test doesn't have the correct markup for automatic language switching, I can issue the keystroke Control-Windows-L to have JAWS change the synthesizer language. 
 
But I am not finding any feature in NVDA that does the same thing. I can certainly go to preferences and Speech and make changes there, but I'm often reading things in Spanish with instructions or explanations in English. And I prefer the Braille support NVDA gives me with Spanish. Is there an easier way to switch synthesizer languages on the fly?

I previously used the switch synth add-on before NVDA moved to Python 3. But I removed all my add-ons to make the upgrade easier, and then just installed Braille extender.  Is that switch Synth add-on still the easiest or the only way to do this?
And are my only choices for free Spanish voices the Microsoft and the Espeak Spanish voices?
 
Thanks for the help.
 


David Goldfield
 

Deborah, regarding other speech options you can purchase licenses for Nuance Vocalizer voices as well as Acapela, both of which offer Spanish options.

This link takes you to the page where you can purchase a package giving you a combination of both Eloquence and Vocalizer, which is the option that I purchased.

The various voices for Acapela and Vocalizer need to be individually downloaded.


David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

WWW.DavidGoldfield.org
On 9/25/2020 5:56 AM, Rui Fontes wrote:

Have you tried to use the synth ring commands?

NVDA+Control+arrows.


It will let you change language almost immediatly...


Rui Fontes


Às 22:39 de 24/09/2020, Deborah Armstrong escreveu:
I have a question for all you bilingual folks. I'm learning Spanish and entering now my fourth quarter and have moved from beginner to intermediate.
If I use JAWS and when a website, assignment or test doesn't have the correct markup for automatic language switching, I can issue the keystroke Control-Windows-L to have JAWS change the synthesizer language. 
 
But I am not finding any feature in NVDA that does the same thing. I can certainly go to preferences and Speech and make changes there, but I'm often reading things in Spanish with instructions or explanations in English. And I prefer the Braille support NVDA gives me with Spanish. Is there an easier way to switch synthesizer languages on the fly?

I previously used the switch synth add-on before NVDA moved to Python 3. But I removed all my add-ons to make the upgrade easier, and then just installed Braille extender.  Is that switch Synth add-on still the easiest or the only way to do this?
And are my only choices for free Spanish voices the Microsoft and the Espeak Spanish voices?
 
Thanks for the help.