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Subject: RE: Rockbox 3.3 new blind user with a few questions please

RE: Rockbox 3.3 new blind user with a few questions please

From: Pat Fletcher <>
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 14:16:33 -0700

Thank you Hussein and everyone else for replying to my questions. I have been reading the manual. There is allot in there but I am still slogging threw it. My questions arose from using the player as a blind person with speech. I do not see anything in the manual that tells you about changing the SAPPY voice Lee to any other choice. In the past this was achieved by doing some sort of voice building.
I am very interested to learn about the player and how to make a voice. I am a total newbie and so understand nothing about setting up a cygwin build environment. Is it possible for a blind person using a screen reader to make a voice?
I am sure as I discover what is and is not possible to do with speech I will have allot more questions. I search the INTERNET and what I can within the Rockbox community. Yet as with the manual there is allot of things to try and get threw on the Rockbox site. I often can get totally lost. I know sometimes I am confused and just do not know what link to hit to find answers. Example would someone please tell me where I can find out about making the voices. Sure I may be learning allot before I can do it. Yet if a blind person with a screen reader can do it I want to learn. Thanks for all the help of everyone.
Take Care,

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From: "Hussein Patwa" <>
To: "'Rockbox'" <>
Subject: RE: Rockbox 3.3 new blind user with a few questions please
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 18:59:03 +0100

I have NeoSpeech Kate and would like to use it for the system voice instead of the one on the 3.3 rockbox version. Is this possible?
It's probably a SAPI voice engine. Please read the manual for your player, and learn how to configure the Rockbox Utility for this SAPI voice engine.
As indicated later in the initial reply, the Rockbox utility may well prove unusable with screen readers. Therefore, it may not be useable to create a voice as required. I would therefore advise checking the Wiki guides on setting up a cygwin build environment, download the Rockbox source and then building your own voice. Note you will have to set Kate as your default system voice. It takes a while, but the Wiki guide is easy enough to follow. Note it is recommended to build the voice from the same source version as the build of Rockbox on your player.
Is the Rockbox utility usable by screen readers yet?
I think that the answer is no. You can refer to the (very long) mailing list thread:


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