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Subject: Re: Voice UI, step 3 done (numerical settings spoken)
From: Glenn Ervin at Home (GlennErvin_at_cableone.net)
Date: 2004-03-20


I think that a switch/menu function for disabling the voice is a good idea
for those who won't be using it all the time.
But also, I think it is good for the voice to be as loud as it is so I can
hear it over the music.
Perhaps it cannot be played during the music?
I have tried pausing the music and hearing the menus, and I hear nothing.
I have found that I have to stop the music to hear the speaking menus.
Is it possible to hear the menus while the music is playing?
I wondered if the buffer is too full for this to work.
Thanks.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Björn Stenberg" <bjorn_at_haxx.se>
To: "Rockbox development" <rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se>
Sent: Friday, March 19, 2004 5:20 PM
Subject: Re: Voice UI, step 3 done (numerical settings spoken)

[IDC]Dragon wrote:
> I just committed my next step, speaking out the numbers. This needs a new
> "voicefont" (we're in search for a better term, it's not a font)

How about just calling it a voice file?

> You can find it here (this will be the "official" place to get the
latest):
>
http://joerg.hohensohn.bei.t-online.de/archos/speech/voicefont/english.voice

It works great, except in the top level menu, I _only_ get voice for "Sound
Settings". All six other items are silent. All submenu entries work fine.

A few nitpicks:

- The "tenths" are a bit too long, i think. 75 sounds like "seventy five"
instead of "seventy-five". I guess it's just a question of cutting the
samples?

- Overall the volume of the voice is a bit too loud, I think. It is much
louder than most music I play, anyway. Enough to be an unpleasant surprise.

- I think the voice file should be buffered by tree.c if the mp3 buffer is
not occupied. Then there would be no delay when entering the menu. And since
the disk is mostly spinning anyway when you enter tree.c witout mp3 playing
(i.e. at boot and when pressing STOP), we'll actually get fewer spinups in
total.

- I want a global option to enable/disable voice.

-- 
Björn
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