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Subject: Re: Voice support suggestion

Re: Voice support suggestion

From: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2007 22:36:02 -0800

On the topic of voice support... I am wondering, is there a plan to make
Rockbox text-to-speech as screen readers? So we don't have to hear other
voices mixed in with the menu spoken voices. I'm wondering about it mainly
out of curiosity, and also because I like the way Via voice / eloquence
pronounces file names on my computer while using JAWS. I would record clips
using it, but it would take way too long. lol. Just a question I thought I
would ask out of pure curiosity. Thanks for allthe voice support so far, and
I agree with Rich and all his comments! Have a great day, or night, wherever
you are.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rich" <>
To: "Rockbox" <>; <>
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2007 10:22 PM
Subject: Re: Voice support suggestion

> <> on Thursday, 3-22-07, 2:48 AM polled blind users:
> > Would it be helpful if the menu title is spoken when you enter a menu
>> which is not directly selected by a menu item?
> Yes. Excellent Linus, you are on the right track. Thank you for
> initiating
> this dialogue. That brings several related topics to mind as well.
> Some users have indicated they are already comfortable with the amount of
> verbosity as is. The others may find that after using the additional
> verbosity that you are suggesting for a while, that they will no longer
> want
> it.
> After surviving years and years of overly verbose tools, (outside of
> Rockbox
> you understand) it's very appealing to maintain the ability to make things
> more cryptic when desired. Why not make verbosity level a user definable
> menu item? It's there when you need or want it, and gone when it isn't.
> On the topic of what is playing:
> Currently If I press Menu to reach the menu from the WPS, my RB says "Now
> playing". It surely would be nice to be able to select "now playing" and
> have the file name MP3 clip spoken. As far as I can tell at this point,
> the
> only way I can discover the track name of the currently playing item is to
> stop playback and go to the files menu, that is if I have all the settings
> set properly for that. Of course if adding that to "Now playing" is too
> big
> a pain, I'd be happy to have some other simple button sequence for that.
> On another important topic, there are times when I can't tell if the
> machine
> has turned off, if the battery has died or I've fallen into one of those
> dreaded speechless holes. Seems like an audible prompt to indicate start
> up
> and shut down would help clarify that a lot. It could be a unique curtacy
> tone or spoken prompt that would play at the beginning of start ups and
> shut
> downs. They would just be audio analogs to the visual screens which
> sighted
> users rely upon. Again, these prompts could be selectable and their
> status
> added to the user preferences.
> I certainly hope all of you developers who have done so much hard work on
> Rockbox understand that the suggestions made here are in no way a
> criticism
> of the incredible fruits of your labors. Without talking Rockbox, there's
> a
> huge number of us who would have very very limited access to MP3 players,
> if
> at all.
> I'm also very appreciative of your patience with our technical ignorance
> and
> willingness to help point us in the right direction.
> I've enjoyed hundreds and hundreds of great hours of very enjoyable
> navigation and portable MP3 listening over the last couple years because
> of
> Rockbox. Thank you. I look forward to figuring out how to best
> reciprocate.
> Ever grateful,
> Richard
> ***
Received on 2007-03-23

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