[Loadstone] ESpeak and loadstone gps

Kerry and Gemma Hoath kerryandgemma at gotss.net
Mon Feb 2 01:12:12 GMT 2009

This is all true, however who will put the time aside to do the coding?
Are you putting your hand up? <smile>

Porting espeak to symbian would not be trivial,
just because espeak is in c++ you have to map all the api calls to the 
platform in question.
There are ways to play audio on windows mobile, symbian windows etc and they 
all differ.

the whole audio subsystem of espeak would have to be reworked as there is no 
portaudio library on Symbian.

Perhaps if you donated $300 to the loadstone team, one of the programmers 
might consider looking at it.
If you were going to spend that much however you might as well go out and 
buy talx, it'll make a lot more of your phone accessible than just the 
navigation application.
Mobilespeak is also an option, and you do not have to pay for upgrades with 

You can run mobielspeak with nokia's tts, and perhaps if loadstone could 
support nokia's tts that too would be an option, although it would only work 
on later second edition phones and 3rd edition phones.

I personally don't have the programming skills to do this; and perhaps the 
loadstone team have other priorities they'd choose to work on rather than 
saving 2 or 3 people $300 on talx.
Regards, Kerry.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "josh" <jkenn337 at gmail.com>
To: "loadstone" <loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2009 12:27 AM
Subject: [Loadstone] ESpeak and loadstone gps


ESpeak is designed for whatever platform you want to make it run on, and 
that is because ESpeak's source code is available to anyone. ESpeak is Open 
source and also multilingual! Just as loadstone is free and open source, 
that means you can get and modify the source or program code to your heart's 
content all you want, so, ESpeak is also open source, and you can modify the 
code all you want. So, you could make ESpeak run on symbian, windows mobile, 
whatever your heart desires if you know programming.
If loadstone were self-voiceing, then I would not need talks to use it, 
after or during installation just assign a key on the phone to be the 
dedicated loadstone start button, and loadstone comes up talking, or turn 
the speech off if you wish and use it with your favorite screen reader.



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