RE: Cross platform speech API

  • From: "Ken Perry" <whistler@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 00:09:49 -0500

Does this include braille output as well or only speech?  It would be nice
to have a cross platform way of doing both for example brltty could be added


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[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Andreas Stefik
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2010 10:56 PM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Cross platform speech API

I should say also that, starting in Sodbeans 1.5, we have
automatically routed all that complicated text-to-speech work into our
programming language, Hop, which is a general purpose programming
language we've created in my lab. In our programming language, to
write a program that connects to any supported environment or screen
reader, an entire program would be:

say "Hello, world!"

And that's all. It can't get easier than that!

Sodbeans 1.5 isn't out though, although we're ahead of schedule and
might actually release this week, if our final testing goes well.

Here's a link to our wiki:


On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 9:51 PM, Andreas Stefik <stefika@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> We have our own open source solution to do this on the Sappy/Sodbeans
> projects. Currently it supports:
> 1. Mac with basic Voice Over compatibility
> 2. Windows XP 32, Vista and 7, 32 and 64
> 3. JAWS compatibility
> 4. NVDA compatibility
> And I just hired another developer to add Vinux and Ubuntu support,
> and to massively revamp the documentation, next semester, which should
> make it much easier to get up and running with it. You can access
> basic TTS from either Java, C++, or as a NetBeans platform module. The
> only real catch right now is that our documentation for that part of
> the project kind of stinks --- but --- it works.
> If you want more information, please feel free to take a gander at the
> Sappy and Sodbeans projects on sourceforge. Sappy contains the Mac and
> Windows implementations of the TTS engine. Sodbeans includes those
> implementations into a NetBeans platform application, routing the
> tools through Java, C++, and Objective C.
> Yaa, let me tell you, writing cross-platform TTS apps can be quite an
> ordeal! It's open source, so even if you don't use it directly, it
> might help,
> Stefik
> On Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 6:22 AM, QuentinC <quentinc@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Yes, espeak is one possible solution: I would say, as a last ressort
>> solution, because the voice is horrible. But why not.
>> I would prefer using  jaws, NVDA or whatever screen reader first, because
>> their better voices.
>> I had already tried to use espeak on windows, but I didn't succeeded so
>> I will continue to try.
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