[bct] Re: The C word that crashes Jaws

  • From: Chris Skarstad <toonhead5@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2006 21:31:06 -0600

hi. It has been possible to change your default synthesizer for a very long time now, I can't even remember when it started but it has been possible in a lot of previous versions. To do this:


press insert plus f6 to open the configuration manager.
2. You need to be in the default .jcf file, so press control plus shift plus d.

3. Now go to set options, and then go to synthesizer options...
4. the first combo box will allow you to set your default synthesizer. On my particular system, I have 5 choices. Dectalk Express, Dectalk access 32, Eloquence for JAWS,
No speech which none of us wants, and Sapi 5.
So set this option to something *other* than eloquence. If you choose Sapi 5, the sapi 5 synthesizer you choose in the options/voices section will come up. so if you chose AT&T natural voices Mike 16, that's what'll come up when JAWS starts.
So make your choice and then you can choose the punctuation level for it or just leave it at the default. then press ok and save your changes. The next time you restart JAWS, that voice will come up.
Hope this helps some folks out.

At 09:11 PM 3/19/2006, you wrote:
I was reading my email and came across that "buzz word." I was kinda freaked out when Eloquence just stopped dead in his tracks. So I rebooted my system, and I switched to Microsoft Mary. In the beta of JAWS 7.1, it is possible to switch your default speech synth. I will contend that the Microsoft voices are far from the best out there, but I don't want another crash either. I could've used DEC-talk but it won't work for some reason. This is the software version.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Skarstad" <toonhead5@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, 19 March, 2006 8:20 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: The C word that crashes Jaws

hi Lisa
As I've said previously, one sure fire way around the problem is to simply, not, use, eloquence as your synthesizer. There are plenty of alternative synthesizers out there, in facct Microsoft has 3 of them, although why anyone would actually want to listen to Microsoft sam is anyone's guess, lol. Anyways, I do understand your concerns. If nothing else, this little incident has shown people that there are, in fact, alternatives to eloquence. I've never liked it much, but then again your synthesizer is just like everything else in life. Some prefer JAWS, others prefer Window-eyes. Some like Pepsi, while others like Coke, you get the idea.

At 07:52 PM 3/19/2006, you wrote:
Could I please suggest that if this individual sends any more messages that others not reply to them using the same subject? If you do, you will unwittingly be spreading the problem. My synth kept crashing until I was able to get a sighted person to read the variations of the word which were being used. Of course, once I added the words to my dictionary, I could read them for myself, but then it was too little too late.
For those who need them, here are the variations. The individual is adding the letters S, SS, ING, INGS, and ED to the dreaded C word. How ironic that it's not a real word but just a misspelling!

Lisa Salinger
Renee, Retired Guide and
Joie, Guide/SD
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