I use dectalk every day smiles.
where are you located? Somewhere I have contact information for a person stateside who can build the machine for you, port included.
Is it still possible to find textaccess  anywhere?
might be a fun laptop option.
Kare


On Fri, 19 Feb 2016, Guillem León wrote:

Yeah, ever since I realized DOSUSB wasn't going to help me and VSB would not 
run any tts software I've been thinking of getting a dedicated machine for DOS 
but I don't really know where to look. Does anyone know of something not too 
expensive that has at least one RS232 port and a SoundBlaster-compatible card?
The quality is pretty OK. SBTalker has a low sampling rate but doesn't sound 
too bad, TextAssist sounds just like DECtalk if you've ever heard that one, and 
Monologue sounds terrible to me but it's usable although I never got it to load 
under DOS.


On 18 Feb 2016, at 23:53, Karen Lewellen <klewel...@shellworld.net> wrote:

Oh okay.
I have no idea, it might I believe someone  suggested asking on the source list 
for it.
I have always gotten my machines custom built, one can still find those with 
cereal ports.  as I use dos exclusively It has been worth it to me to keep the 
door open.
I did not know all those sound card options existed might be fun to play with 
them, assuming the sound quality is clear enough.


On Thu, 18 Feb 2016, Guillem León wrote:

I do, but none of the computers that I have have a serial port. I was hoping 
that this would be an alternative but I guess not.

On 18 Feb 2016, at 23:43, Karen Lewellen <klewel...@shellworld.net> wrote:

Understood,
May I ask what the problem is then?  Do you not have an external synthesizer?
I do not use freedos, but a later  package of ms dos 7.1  I have no issues, but 
I am not using a sound card.


On Thu, 18 Feb 2016, Guillem León wrote:

I have heard about talking dosbox, in fact I helped with the project and I made 
one of the speech synthesis helper applications, but I was hoping to be able to 
have dos running natively without emulation. I have no sight whatsoever so I 
need speech output, and the only ways of speech output available are through 
serial with an external speech synthesizer or via a SoundBlaster or compatible 
with SBTalker, Monologue, TextAssist etc.

On 18 Feb 2016, at 21:49, Karen Lewellen <klewel...@shellworld.net> wrote:

Hi Guillem,
granted I am unsure what your goals may be, but have you tried  a relatively 
new project talking dosbox?


http://batsupport.com/unsupported/dosbox/00_README.html


I can tell you nothing about it save that  it is supposed to allow for speech 
via dosbox using the sound card etc.
hope this presents a solution for you.
karen


On Thu, 18 Feb 2016, Guillem León wrote:

Hi.
Yeah, only reason I asked is because right now my only way of running DOS is 
actually through dosbox, which would make testing it kind of impossible. Before 
I dualboot my PC I want to be sure I'll be able to use it. If I don't have 
speech synthesis I can't use the computer. I would run the screenreaders 
through HX but the problem is that all the DOS screenreaders that I know of are 
16-bit, and I'm not sure if they'd even be able to access all the data they 
need to.

Thanks.

On 17 Feb 2016, at 12:09, Eric Auer <e.a...@jpberlin.de> wrote:


Just for clarification, does this only work with programs loaded
inside dosbox inside HX, or is there any way to get it to work under
DOS directly, with HX loaded but without DOSbox? I'm still thinking
of dualbooting one of my machines with DOS but I need some way of
doing either USB serial port emulation or modern soundcard support
for speech synthesis.

I do not know, please check the website or try to find out. If it
works in dosbox, it already is quite nice, but of course it would
be even better if it also worked for old DOS programs.

Eric


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