RE: SSIP for Windows -- beta almost ready for release

For SSIP, check out FreeBSoft's homepage, at:

http://www.freebsoft.org/

And for Chant, please check out their homepage at:

http://www.chant.net

Take care,
Sina


-----Original Message-----
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Octavian Rasnita
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 12:58 PM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: SSIP for Windows -- beta almost ready for release

I've just searched with Google, but among the first results I couldn't find
them.

Chant has very many meanings and I don't think I found a right one, and same
thing for the other term.

Octavian

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sina Bahram" <sbahram@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 6:39 PM
Subject: RE: SSIP for Windows -- beta almost ready for release


>I think google will yield these answers, Teddy.
>
> Also, previous posts on the subject will help.
>
> Take care,
> Sina
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Octavian 
> Rasnita
> Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 10:51 AM
> To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: SSIP for Windows -- beta almost ready for release
>
> What is Chant and what does it mean SSIP and in fact what's SSIP?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Octavian
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Macarty, Jay {PBSG}" <Jay.Macarty@xxxxxxxx>
> To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 4:22 PM
> Subject: RE: SSIP for Windows -- beta almost ready for release
>
>
> Chant looks like a great tool and they've obviously got some cool stuff
> going on there. I wouldn't want to be seen as trying to compete with
> them. However, I didn't see where chant would have the ability to
> interface with currently running screen readers to provide speech output
> thru that screen reader's API without customization and this is
> something I wanted to have. Also, I wanted to have the opportunity to
> have a product which could, at some point, be enhanced to provide
> Braille output thru the same connection. The Braille support, using
> either a simple text format command structure or some form of Braille
> display markup language, would be built on top of the SSIP support but
> would be completely separate from it so that the Braille support could
> be developed and/or optionally installed as a plug-in for the regular
> SSIP service.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Ken Perry
> Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 8:32 PM
> To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: RE: SSIP for Windows -- beta almost ready for release
>
>
>
> Why exactly would you use your Java class over something like chant.net
> other than the small cost of the chant libraries?
>
> Ken
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Macarty, Jay
> {PBSG}
> Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 3:18 PM
> To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: RE: SSIP for Windows -- beta almost ready for release
>
> Thanks Inthane and Sina! Made a fair amount of progress on writing up
> the
> code for the SSIPClient for java today. Should be able to include a
> SSIPClient1.0.jar with the release of the server.
>
> As far as the server itself, I have added a few return codes that
> weren't in
> the original specs (such as "210 OK - API SET TO [{0}]" and I have to
> finish
> up adding those to the response Dictionary object. Also, the LIST VOICES
> command is working as far as being able to get the listing of the
> synthesizer voices from SAPI, but I don't have the code/response added
> to
> the parser.
>
> FYI...
>>From a java interface perspective, the client code might look something
> like this:
>
> 1. You would start the SSIPVoiceServer.exe program on your workstation.
>
> 2. Since the default for the client is "localhost port 3891", you could
> use
> the empty constructor in your java application as follows:
>
>    SSIPClient voice = new SSIPClient();
>    try { voice.connect(); }
>    catch (SSIPException e) { // do something }
>
> 3. To speak the phrase "this is a test.", you could code something like
> this
>
>
>    try { voice.sayString("This is a test."); }
>    catch (SSIPException e) { // do something }
>
> There will be methods to start the speak operation, queue new text, and
> end
> the queuing/trigger the speech in order to map to the protocol but the
> saystring method will serve as a convenience method to speak a single
> string
> of text.
>
> 4. When you are done, your code can exit the SSIP session by calling the
> close() method on the client.
>
> The SSIPClient interface will handle all the socket traffic, encoding
> the
> requests, and decoding the responses. some method calls will map
> directly to
> the SSIP commands they represent such as setAPI, setRate, setVoice, or
> setClientName. The convenience methods, such as sayString, may map to
> multiple SSIP commands.
>
> Should have something ready in the next day or 2.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Sina Bahram
> Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 4:38 PM
> To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: RE: SSIP for Windows -- beta almost ready for release
>
> Sounds like a plan ... thanks Inthane.
>
> Take care,
> Sina
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of inthaneelf
> Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 5:34 PM
> To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: SSIP for Windows -- beta almost ready for release
>
> this is one time I wish I had gotten up "earlier" instead of my normal
> time,
> ah well, since Sina has an interest in this, I'll just ask if I can link
> to
> the page for this when you get it ready.
>
> regards,
> inthane
> . For Blind Programming assistance, Information, Useful Programs, and
> Links
> to Jamal Mazrui's Text tutorial packages and Applications, visit me at:
> http://grabbag.alacorncomputer.com
> . to be able to view a simple programming project in several programming
> languages, visit the Fruit basket demo site at:
> http://fruitbasketdemo.alacorncomputer.com
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Macarty, Jay {PBSG}" <Jay.Macarty@xxxxxxxx>
> To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 9:25 AM
> Subject: RE: SSIP for Windows -- beta almost ready for release
>
>
> Sina,
> Thanks for the feedback and the offer! I'll take you up on that and will
> contact you off list to discuss the details.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Sina Bahram
> Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 11:17 AM
> To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: RE: SSIP for Windows -- beta almost ready for release
>
> Jay, look no further for hosting, my friend. Since this project is
> directly
> related to the Remote Access Bridge, please allow me to offer you SVN
> access, if you like, site hosting, databases, and so on ... It's no
> problem
> for me to set that up, so just contact me off list.
>
> Glad to see there is now a .net parser for SSIP as well. This will open
> up
> some oppertunities.
>
> Take care,
> Sina
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Macarty, Jay
> {PBSG}
> Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 12:13 PM
> To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: SSIP for Windows -- beta almost ready for release
>
> All,
> Some of you may be aware that I have been working for some time now on a
> server for the Speech Synthesis Interface Protocol, SSIP, for the
> windows
> platform. I started out trying to implement the server in Auto-It but
> couldn't get the multi-threading functionality or object oriented
> capabilities I wanted. I then switched to ruby but the 1.8 version
> didn't
> have the interface and abstract class support I wanted and the
> executable
> packaging wasn't quite what I wanted either. I have now switched the
> development over to C# and found the capabilities I wanted. There is
> still a
> little clean-up of the initial beta release and I'll have to find a
> website
> to host the download installer, but here is a description of the initial
> release.
>
> SSIP is a non-synthesizer specific protocol for producing speech output.
> The specs haven't been updated in a while but can be found at the URL
> http://www.freebsoft.org/doc/speechd/ssip.html
>
> SSIP uses a simple socket connection and a text command syntax. To
> produce
> the spoken output "this is a test." a calling client program might send
> these commands:
>
> set client_name j.macarty:demo:test1
> speak
> this is a test.
> .
>
> The set client_name command simply identifies this client session for
> tracking purposes since the server supports multiple client sessions
> concurrently. The speak command tells the server to start receiving text
> to
> be spoken. The text input is terminated by a line containing a single
> dot.
> this also triggers the server to send the text to the output speech
> channel.
>
>
> The SSIP for windows server supports output to JAWS, window-Eyes or
> SAPI.
> The SpeechManager class uses an interface named ITextToSpeech with
> implementation classes written for each of these 3 output channels. The
> server was written with C# 2.0, instead of 3.x, because some corporate
> builds, including ours here at work, are still using Dot Net 2.0. Rather
> than attempting to set up the COM interface for SAPI and Window-Eyes, I
> decided to use the tlbimp utility and build assemblies for them. This
> allowed for simply creating the objects like SpVoice for SAPI and
> SpeakClass
> for Window-Eyes. Also, once the assemblies were built, it was easier to
> examine them using the ildasm tool to see the method calls and
> signatures.
>
> The current server supports multiple client connections. I tried it out
> with
> 3 clients; one speaking thru JAWS, one speaking thru Window-Eyes, and
> one
> speaking thru SAPI. The SAPI interface also supports the SET RATE, SET
> VOICE, and SET VOLUME SSIP commands. The server also supports the SSIP
> CHAR
> command for immediately speaking a single character. The SSIP BLOCK
> structure command set and the Speech Synthesis Markup Language, SSML,
> support are not included in this release but will be added.
>
> The install includes a small Auto-It program called SSIPVoiceClient
> which
> allows one to test out the server. The client contains an input text
> field
> where you can enter SSIP commands to send to the server and an output
> text
> area which echoes back the server response codes.
>
> I'll post another update when I have arranged for a download host and
> have
> finished packaging up the install program. I'm hoping to provide a java
> client API for the SSIP server, if Sina hasn't already developed one,
> and
> some client examples in other languages as well.
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