Re: OFF TOPIC: I Beg everyone to read! Please Read!

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jill O'Connell" <jillocon@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2004 2:48 PM
Subject: Re: OFF TOPIC: I Beg everyone to read! Please Read!


> If blindtech is the list we should be on to discuss computer topics not
> related to JAWS, wil someone please furnish the subscribe information. 
> Thank
> you.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Allison Mervis" <allisonfm@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2004 10:53 AM
> Subject: Re: OFF TOPIC: I Beg everyone to read! Please Read!
>
>
>> I really think this post is important, even if it isn't related to jaws.
>> It's something new and great for the blind community.
>> Allison
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "jim grimsby" <jimgrims@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>> To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2004 12:39 PM
>> Subject: RE: OFF TOPIC: I Beg everyone to read! Please Read!
>>
>>
>> > Hi, well I thought that one was useful actually.=20
>> >
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On =
>> > Behalf
>> > Of Chris Skarstad
>> > Sent: Thursday, November 11, 2004 4:28 PM
>> > To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> > Subject: Re: OFF TOPIC: I Beg everyone to read! Please Read!
>> >
>> >
>> > it's an off topic post. Don't you just hate those?
>> > At 02:53 PM 11/11/2004, you wrote:
>> > >what the fuck is this
>> > >----- Original Message -----
>> > >From: "Beto Escobar III" <betoescobar3@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>> > >To: "JFW List Serve" <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> > >Cc: "W. Scott Dillman" <sdillman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> > >Sent: Thursday, November 11, 2004 12:19 AM
>> > >Subject: OFF TOPIC: I Beg everyone to read! Please Read!
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >Hello List Serve--
>> > >This is off topic in regards to JFW, but I feel it is **extremely**=20
>> > >important for the blind community.  A man by the name of W. Scott=20
>> > >Dillman has updated the most current version of the WinFrotzTTS2002=20
>> > >Interpreter which was created to allow people, like us, to play 
>> > >text=20
>> > >adventure games such as Zork I, II, III etc like what we played when 
>> > >we
> =
>> >
>> > >had PC's running under the MS DOS environment.  The version of the=20
>> > >WinFrotzTTS2002, Scott picked-up and began to update, was, in it's=20
>> > >beginnings suppose to work for the blind gamer, hence the TTS (Text
> To=20
>> > >Speech) in it's name. Unfortunately, however, it was not to be.  We 
>> > >do,
> =
>> >
>> > >however, have a man now who decided to pick-up where the previous=20
>> > >programmer left off, and believe it or not, he, W. Scott Dillman,
> got=20
>> > >it to work!  Here are the links, plural, below to download the most=20
>> > >current and updated WinFrotzTTS2002 Interpreter with a second link 
>> > >that
> =
>> >
>> > >has over 300 public domain text adventures, coded to work
> specifically=20
>> > >with this most recent
>> > >  WinFrotzTTS2002 Interpreter!  Let me continue after the links =
>> > below...
>> > >
>> > >The Interpreter:=20
>> > >http://www.binaryrevelations.com/talkback/WinFrotzTTS2002_setup.exe
>> > >
>> > >Public domain games:=20
>> > >http://www.binaryrevelations.com/talkback/ifarchive_setup.exe
>> > >
>> > >Now, in all sincerity, the blind gamer does not need JAWS to play
> this=20
>> > >most update version of the WinFrotzTTS2002 Interpreter.  The reason=20
>> > >being is that Scott, included in the code, Microsoft's Speech 
>> > >Engine=20
>> > >which is a SAPI 4,5 application.  What does this mean?  Well, lets
> say=20
>> > >we all go see our parents over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We do not=20
>> > >need to take a copy of our JAWS to install in mom's PC so we can
> amuse=20
>> > >ourselves after dinner, but we can get someone to download this=20
>> > >Interpreter, and it speaks on it's own!  We will not need JAWS to 
>> > >play.
> =
>> > =20
>> > >I will let you know however, as I made mention already, that MS
> Speech=20
>> > >Engine is a SAPI 4,5 Speech Engine, we can purchase the AT&T's
> Natural=20
>> > >Voices to use with this game.  The aT&T's Natural Voices is a SAPI
> 4,5=20
>> > >speech engine as well.  I purchased it just for this program, and=20
>> > >everytime I click on the WinFrotzTTS2002 Interpreter icon, the
> female=20
>> > >U.K. voice comes on.  "Yes", Eloquence or DECTalk Express, or
> whatever=20
>> > >speech engine y
>> > >  ou have running for JAWS will be on, but it will not interfere with 
>> > > =
>> > the
>> > >game.  I know, because I was one of the beta tester since the =
>> > beginning.
>> > >The JAWS speech engine will speak during the game selection, along 
>> > >with
> =
>> > the
>> > >at&T's Natural Voices, but once the game starts, it's just you and MS
>> > speech
>> > >Engine or the AT&T's Natural Voices!  Let's move on, and let me 
>> > >explain
> =
>> > a
>> > >little more about other things in this wonderful interpreter for the =
>> > blind
>> > >community...
>> > >
>> > >Another thing that Scott did was code the WinFrotzTTS2002
> Interpreter=20
>> > >so that when you play a game, and save a position, the saved game
> file=20
>> > >resides in a specific folder specific to that game only.  "Yes", I
> am=20
>> > >not joking! For Example, in my beta release, I had seven saved game=20
>> > >files for one game, five for another, and three for another, and
> none=20
>> > >of the saved game files for any of these games were mixed together. 
>> > >=20
>> > >That is correct, all three games were saved in their specific folder!
> =20
>> > >Yeah!  Louder YEAH!!
>> > >
>> > >Look, there are many more updates,but you will see for yourself 
>> > >when=20
>> > >you start playing.  The only thing I ask is that you just drop an=20
>> > >E-mail to Scott and thank him, for all he has done for the blind=20
>> > >community!  His E-mail address is sdillman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Let=20
>> > >him know of ideas you may have to further improve what he has
> already=20
>> > >done.  I believe, for example, he is working on a utility with will=20
>> > >allow the PC user to import other games into the WinFrotzTTS2002=20
>> > >Interpreter.  If you have suggestions like this, send him an E-mail 
>> > >and
> =
>> >
>> > >let him know.... The only thing I ask of everyone is to inform 
>> > >everyone
> =
>> >
>> > >else who is visually impaired to go to Scott's website, and 
>> > >download=20
>> > >these two files.  Have fun everybody! Your friend from the JFW List=20
>> > >Serve, Beto Escobar III, LMSW
>> > >betoescobar3@xxxxxxxxxxx
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