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Subject: Re: Fw: A little wish list for the blind
From: Brian Wolven (brian.wolven_at_verizon.net)
Date: 2004-02-25


BlueChip wrote:
> "Using the MP3 sounds might be okay, but there is a time lag in the
> MP3 sounds"
>
> Why's that then?
>
> "we would not want our menus to use MP3 files"
>
> Then we should not waste any further time on this project.

AFAICT there was only one 'objection' in his post, and that was time
lag.

The statement was (with slight editing of punctuation only):

>Using the MP3 sounds might be okay, but there is a time lag in the MP3
>sounds that might be frustrating enough that we would not want our
menus to
>use MP3 files as opposed to synthetic speech.

If the time lag is not an issue, then the use of mp3's is not an issue.
It seems to me that with the available hardware it is far more likely
for Jörg to come up with a method for doing [nearly] lagless mp3 menu
reading (once in the UI and not actively playing music) then it is to be
able to do any form of text-to-speech conversion on the fly. What is the
estimated lag time (due to processing load, etc.) for reading of menu
items by the not-yet-invented T-T-S engine, BTW? =P

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