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Subject: Re: Rockbox voice files

Re: Rockbox voice files

From: James Teh <>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2006 11:56:34 +1000

Hi again,

I just investigated this further. It seems that the -o option of genlang
is all that is needed. On a Unix system, run genlang over english.lang
like this:
cd rockbox/apps/lang
../../tools/genlang -o -e=english.lang -t=h300 english.lang > newenglish.lang
You also need to run it over the language file you wish to use if it is
not English:
../../tools/genlang -o -e=english.lang -t=h300 deutsch.lang > newdeutsch.lang
Obviously, the target and languages should be replaced according to your
If you can't use genlang, I have uploaded my english.lang here:


On Mon, Apr 10, 2006 at 10:51:24AM +1000, James Teh wrote:
> Hi Scott,
> I'm cc'ing this to the rockbox users list, as others may find it useful. Hope you don't mind.
> I actually have little knowledge of the Rockbox code, but have dabbled
> at understanding bits of it. Nevertheless, I have done quite a bit of
> investigation on the recent "broken voice UI" issue.
> Like many others, I have noticed that current voice files broke in early
> april (2006-04-02 build, to be precise). This is due to major changes to
> the language files. To further compound the issue, the language source
> files (i.e. not the binary language files) have completely changed
> format as of 2006-04-03. The new format is known as langv2 and none of
> the current voice file building scripts have yet been updated for the
> new format. (This is the reason for the html-like tags described by
> Andrew Hart.)
> The tools/genlang script in the Rockbox source provides an option (-o) for
> output of the voice language strings in a format similar to that of
> langv1. This is the best hope for the voice building scripts like
> makevoices.vbs, though I think they may still need some changes in order
> to work. I will investigate this at some point in the near future if no
> one else beats me to it, though I don't have any SAPI voices apart from
> Microsoft Sam to work with.
> If you have no voice for now, you can roll back to 2006-04-01 or
> 2006-03-31 daily build and use the Viavoice voice file provided by
> someone on this list a few months ago. I'm not sure of the URL, so
> you'll have to search the mailing list archives.
> Jamie

James Teh
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Received on 2006-04-10

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