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Subject: RE: roadmap to blind Rockboxing (need an audio amateur/speaker)
From: BlueChip (
Date: 2004-02-26

Do I hear an echo? (echo echo echo) LOL

>Maybe we could have mp3s of all phonetic "syllables" for a language and then
>read words on the fly using an algorithm like soundex or metaphone. These
>algorithms decompose text into its phonetic pronunciation.
>Information and source code for Soundex and Metaphone can be found here:
>This way new words, directories, songs, etc. could be supported without
>additional offline text-to-speech processing. This could be the fallback
>method if a dirname.mp3 file doesn't exist for the directory or a new menu
>option appears that hasn't been recorded yet. It probably wouldn't sound
>very good, but it might make be sufficient.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: [] On
>Behalf Of [IDC]Dragon
>Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:23 AM
>To: Rockbox development
>Subject: Re: roadmap to blind Rockboxing (need an audio amateur/speaker)
> > Can I ask what your resistance is to the phonetic idea? (That is a
> > serious question)
>Because this is pie-in-the-sky, versus for mp3 clips we have all the
>infrastructure. mp3 clips from the buffer will take only minimum extra
>resources, some slight changes to menu and screen code. A TTS engine is a
>whole lot different.
> > My push toward it is that within a couple of versions it could be
> > multi-lingual; it would at least _attempt_ to read directory and MP3
> > names,
> > and the blind users (I guess) would happily rename all their files with
> > appropriate phonetic names.
>For this we can use talkbox, and you can generate the directory name clips
>offline on a PC, using a text-to-speach script, if you like.
> > From your post it seems the biggest hurdle would be playing samples <
> > 1s
>Hu? No, you can have clips down to 1 frame, which is in the milliseconds.
>And latency is also no issue, either we have the clips in the mp3 buffer
>(while not playing), or we don't.
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