[access-uk] Re: Text to speech converter

Hi Adrian=20

They've been very good to deal with as well.  Will be interested to know =
what
people think of the voice used for the UK speech engine. =20

Many thanks=20

Ian. =20

Ian Beverley=20
ICT/E-learning Development and Project Officer=20
Research, Development and Training=20
=20
Royal National College for the Blind=20
College road=20
HEREFORD
HR1 1EB
=20
Tel - 01432 265725 Ext 2236=20
E-mail - ib@xxxxxxxxxx=20

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf =
Of
Adrian Higginbotham
Sent: 30 January 2007 16:24
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Text to speech converter

Thanks Ian - having looked up loquendo on the web the possibilities are
very impressive.
=3D20


Adrian Higginbotham
Project manager, Standards

British Educational Communications and Technology Agency - BECTA
Tel: Direct dial 024 7679 7333 - Becta switchboard 02476-416994.

Email: Adrian.Higginbotham@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Web: http://www.becta.org.uk/
BECTA, Millburn Hill Road, Science Park, Coventry, CV4 7JJ=3D20


-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Ian Beverley
Sent: 30 January 2007 15:49
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Text to speech converter

Hi Adrian=3D3D20

I've just had a chat wih the project co-ordinator and the terms are as
follows: =3D3D20

'The terms of the agreement is that the TTS engine can be used for =3D3D
personal, non-commercial purposes. Hence, you are not allowed to use it
to produce audio files for others, to use the audio files in a
commercial context, to =3D3D make them accessible to others via a web =
site
or similar. Apart from that =3D3D there are no limitations. The =
agreement =3D
is
open-ended in the sense that it does =3D3D not expire. We can run =
Loquendo
on all our Agents up to a maximum of 10'.=3D3D20

=3D3DA0This is fully taking into account the copyright regulations in =
each =3D
=3D3D
of the partner countries.  The deal was negotiated centrally and as long
as we stipulate this in return messages (with reference to the copyright
act =3D3D and relevant section) then this is okay. =3D3D20

This is a European funded project. =3D3D20

Hope this clarifies this a little bit more. =3D3D20

Many thanks=3D3D20

Ian. =3D3D20

Ian Beverley=3D3D20
ICT/E-learning Development and Project Officer=3D3D20 Research, =3D
Development
and Training=3D3D20 =3D3D20 Royal National College for the Blind=3D3D20 =
=3D
College
road=3D3D20 HEREFORD
HR1 1EB
=3D3D20
Tel - 01432 265725 Ext 2236=3D3D20
E-mail - ib@xxxxxxxxxx=3D3D20

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
=3D3D Of Adrian Higginbotham
Sent: 30 January 2007 14:22
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Text to speech converter

Hi Ian - sounds interesting, would be interested to know more about
which tts engine you are using as we occasionally get approached by a
variety of outfits looking to support products or practitioners in this
way but can't advocate a low or no cost way of doing so at present which
allows them to freely share copies of audio versions.
=3D3D3D20


Adrian Higginbotham
Project manager, Standards

British Educational Communications and Technology Agency - BECTA
Tel: Direct dial 024 7679 7333 - Becta switchboard 02476-416994.

Email: Adrian.Higginbotham@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Web: http://www.becta.org.uk/
BECTA, Millburn Hill Road, Science Park, Coventry, CV4 7JJ=3D3D3D20


-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Ian Beverley
Sent: 30 January 2007 12:59
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Text to speech converter

Hi Adrian=3D3D3D3D20

Yes, I agree. =3D3D3D3D20

To give a little background, this system was originally developed in =
=3D3D
=3D3D3D3D Denmark with free text to speech software available to =
everybody
on the net.  As =3D3D3D3D part of the project consortium, Text to speech
engines =3D3D have been bought in =3D3D3D3D from Lacuendo in Italy to =
serve
multiple languages. =3D3D =3D3D3D =3D3D3D3D20

National copyright laws apply; hence we need to put a rider in the =3D
=3D3D3D3D
return E-mail of each result stating the responsibilities of the user
and also =3D3D3D3D the copyright regulations covered. =3D3D3D3D20

Hope this clarifies the position a little more, but please feel free to
=3D3D3D3D get back to me if there are any more questions. =3D3D3D3D20

Cheers=3D3D3D3D20

Ian. =3D3D3D3D20

Ian Beverley=3D3D3D3D20
ICT/E-learning Development and Project Officer=3D3D3D3D20 Research, =
=3D3D3D
Development and Training=3D3D3D3D20 =3D3D3D3D20 Royal National College =
for =3D
the
Blind=3D3D3D3D20 =3D3D =3D3D3D College road=3D3D3D3D20 HEREFORD
HR1 1EB
=3D3D3D3D20
Tel - 01432 265725 Ext 2236=3D3D3D3D20
E-mail - ib@xxxxxxxxxx=3D3D3D3D20

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
=3D3D3D3D Of Adrian Higginbotham
Sent: 30 January 2007 12:11
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Text to speech converter

Ian - interesting legal implications of such a service because of the
licence for the voice you use.  The usual speech synth licence which
allows you to use it for real time work on your own system does not
cover giving away copies of the use of that voice.  If you want to share
materials recorded with a given tts voice then you need to own a licence
for that voice which gives permition to do so.

I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has explored this route,
bought the licence or tried to do so as not all tts resellers seem to
approach it in the same way, make the system transparent.

Adrian Higginbotham
Project manager, Standards

British Educational Communications and Technology Agency - BECTA
Tel: Direct dial 024 7679 7333 - Becta switchboard 02476-416994.

Email: Adrian.Higginbotham@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Web: http://www.becta.org.uk/
BECTA, Millburn Hill Road, Science Park, Coventry, CV4 7JJ=3D3D3D3D3D20


-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Ian Beverley
Sent: 30 January 2007 10:05
To: Access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Text to speech converter

Hi=3D3D3D3D3D20
=3D3D3D3D3D20

I've already mentioned this on another list, but I'm looking for people
who would be willing to trial this out for me. =3D3D3D3D3D20

=3D3D3D3D3D20

Would anybody like to trial out a text to speech and potentially a text
to Braille E-mail conversion programme?  Essentially, you would attach a
document to an E-mail and receive the results back in minutes as an MP3
file.
Some people have shown interest in piloting this already, but I am on
the look out for many more. =3D3D3D3D3D20

=3D3D3D3D3D20

If you are interested, please feel free to E-mail me at the address
below and I'll send you further information on the system, how to
register and then how to use and test it.=3D3D3D3D3D20

=3D3D3D3D3D20

Many thanks=3D3D3D3D3D20

=3D3D3D3D3D20

Ian.  =3D3D3D3D3D20

=3D3D3D3D3D20

Ian Beverley=3D3D3D3D3D20

ICT/E-learning Development and Project Officer=3D3D3D3D3D20

Research, Development and Training=3D3D3D3D3D20

=3D3D3D3D3D20

Royal National College for the Blind=3D3D3D3D3D20

College road=3D3D3D3D3D20

HEREFORD

HR1 1EB

=3D3D3D3D3D20

Tel - 01432 265725 Ext 2236=3D3D3D3D3D20

E-mail - ib@xxxxxxxxxx=3D3D3D3D3D20

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