Re: [orca-list] Is anyone using Orca with Emacspeak? And does speech-dispatcher support hardware synths?

A while ago, I expressed interest in developing a speech dispatcher
module to support hardware synths in general.  I was thinking of doing
something like the generic module.  I then got distracted with more
job search issues and now a full time gig but there seems to be more
interest here so I will dig up my notes I kept so far and see if I can
start somethingup again.

The problem for me now is while I'm out here on the road, I don't have
a hardware synth with me and I don't have any serial ports on my
laptop.  However, the USB to serial converter may be an interesting
idea and I could get my Speakout from home and bring it out here and
see if I can get going with something.  I would gladly accept some
collaberative help with this.  Since it involves speech dispatcher, we
could take some of this talk to the speech dispatcher list or I could
set up a private group to cover this stuff in developer detail.

This does sound interesting again.

On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 02:51:47AM -0400, Thomas Ward wrote:


However, if one could develop a
module for speech dispatcher which could talk to the modern USB ports,
those hardware boxes could find a nice home again.


I'm not sure a generic speech-dispatcher module would do it here. Many
of the newer USB synths like the Trippletalk USB need a driver to
bbewritten for them to operate under Linux, and to this date no one
has actually written a Linux driver for them. The serial devices like
the Dectalk Express, from what I can tell, don't work using a serial
to USB adapter so it looks like USB support for those devices isn't
possible either. However, I do agree if we are going to support
hardware synths at all we should probably integrate that support into
something like speech-dispatcher rather than via Emacspeak.

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