Elvis can output arbitrary texts as speech. The texts can be dynamic, e.g. generated in a calculation, event processing or reporting. The prerequisite for speech output is a TTS engine (TTS = TextToSpeech) and at least one language (Language Add-On). All necessary parts can be obtained free of charge via the Internet.
A German speech output is also possible under SAPI 5 (Speech API, version 5). This is useful if SAPI 5 already exists.
By default, the XP operating system works with SAPI5 version. Windows 98 and Windows 2000 have SAPI 4 version by default. If you have problems with the German screen reader and SAPI4 is available, you may be interested in the article INF: Narrator (KB050047) in the Knowledge Base.
To do this, it is necessary to install Microsoft Reader and Microsoft Reader Text-to-Speech.
Note that you must be logged in to your PC with administrator privileges to install/register software.
- To install Microsoft Reader:
For the download and download instructions, see: http://www.microsoft.com/reader/de/downloads/default.mspx (MSReaderSetupGer.exe).
- To install Microsoft Reader Text-to-Speech:
You need the Microsoft Text-to-Speech Reader to use text-to-speech features. The download and download instructions can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/reader/de/downloads/tts.mspx (ReaderTTSInstallGer.exe).”
- Select a German voice:
In order to use the German voice output, it is then necessary to select the German voice in the control panel under Speech output. You now have the choice between Governor Anna and Governor Stefan.
SAPI is the abbreviation for “Speech Application Programming Interface”. This could be translated into German as “user programming interface for speech”.