That's a very good point. I remember when I began using NVDA I didn't
like ESpeak very well so I tried using various SAPI voices. The screen
reader was slow, sluggish, and lagged a lot, or so I would have
assumed if I hadn't known this is typical behavior for SAPI voices. If
I used ESpeak, or the Eloquence update that has been floating around
the screen reader works fine. However, my point being it would be all
too easy to blame the screen reader for any lag, slowness, etc if I
wasn't aware some SAPI voices just are not very responsive to begin
with. However, I think we are beginning to drift off topic. :D
On 11/3/11, dark <d...@xgam.org> wrote:
> Hi Tom.
> This is very true, and in fact the reason I use orphius alan for Hal but
> realspeak daniel for sapi, even though Hal does have the daniel voice as
> under voacalizer, it is just too laggy.
> The only problem is that as far as screen readers go, someone trying a
> screen reading program for the first time whether that is Hal, Jaws or
> whatever, will not know that problems with lag or lack of speed are due to
> the voice and not the program.
> This came up quite recently. The lady who is training her guide dog at the
> same time I am worked very seriously in It before losing her site four years
> ago, so has a pretty major typing speed.
> she said she'd tried Hal and jaws, but used jaws because she found Hal
> laggy, yet when I explained this was because Hal runs with the vocalizer
> daniel voice by default and showed her the speed of Orphius, she was most
> surprised, ----- I have in fact informed dolphin of this as well, but they
> just see the higher voice quality making the difference and ignore the lag
> I might actually suggest they put a warning somewhere in the setup wizard,
> just to let people know that the voice reaction speed of Vocalizer isn't the
> fault of the supernova program but of the voice.
> I must confess, I stil! don't see why they didn't stick with the orphius
> natural voices. The orphius synthetic ones are pretty dire, but the natural
> ones like Alan, Carol, Brad and Lucy are a really nice compromise betwene
> quality and speed.
> You can stil download them from Dolphin, but now they don't even ship with
> supernova by default for some reason.
> Beware the grue!
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