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Subject: Re: Voice UI,numers for folders and files?

Re: Voice UI,numers for folders and files?

From: [IDC]Dragon <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 19:43:49 +0100 (MET)

> Hi', perhaps I'm speeding things up a bit, but, would it be possible
> now that all menues speak, and that the mp3 for the numbers are already
> the "english.voice" file, to have a function that counts all the items in
> folder and pronounces a correspondent number for each item when the
> arrows are moved?

I think this should be easy, if that's helpful. It's a new idea.

> Using the single letters than, would it be possible to spell an item be
> it either a folder or a file? this function could be called by let's say a
> combination of two keys. But this is perhaps to much of a phantasy world?

Spelling is technically harder, because
a) the voice queue would have to be much longer (currently set to composite
numbers as the worst-case), or the talking needs a thread.
b) I'd introduce a lot of "voice IDs" (empty string IDs), which waste 5
bytes of precious const memory each. Maybe I should reconsider, introduce a
second class of IDs for such.

> As for all voice settings, I think that turning them off by default
> would be better, given that "thanks God", sighted people are much more
> we are, provided blind have a reasonable way to activate them, I don't
> "see" any problem there.

Maybe it should be on by default, but no voicefile present? So once you add
the file, you have voice, otherwise you won't notice the feature. If the file
is present, you can use an option to turn it off.

> As for the spoken menues, I noticed that all the time and date settings,

Time and date settings are a screen, not part of the menu. Screens are not
voiced yet. Does it make sens to set the time? It's nowhere read, only the
status bar shows it.

> all the timer functions, sleep timer and so on, ar not voiced.

They should be talking, are you trying with todays build and my recent voice
file (from this morning)?

> I didn't
> also succeed in making a bookmark, and finding it then, browsing the
> In my unit, also the whole debug menue is not voiced yet.

Debug has no voice because it's not using string IDs, but hard coded
strings. This way it will never be talking. But to users this menu doesn't exist...

> If not the whole debug menu, it would be interesting to have the
> possibility to hear the battery status in a percentage value.

We'd have to think about where to put that.
In general, a couple of new requirements are popping up: say the time, spell
a filename, say battery level, etc.


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