Text-to-Speech and Other KWord Tips - page 3
Don't Get Lost In Long DocumentsKWord has a nicely-functioning speech-to-text capability; it will speak the names of every command in the menus and toolbars. It will also read your own typed text to you. To enable this you need to install the KDE accessibility packages, KTTS (KDE Text to Speech), and the Festival text-to-speech engine. These are packaged differently (as usual) on different distributions. PCLinuxOS has
festival. Ubuntu and Debian users get
festival, plus you must also select a speaker such as
festvox-kallpc16k, which is the American English male speaker for Festival. (Run
apt-cache search festivalto find all the available speakers.)
After installing these, open KWord and go to the Settings--TTS menu. Check the boxes as shown in Figure 1 and click OK. It will then ask you to configure a Talker for KTTS. The KTTS configuration menu should open on the Talker tab. Click the Add button; it will automatically scan your system for available talkers, as Figure 2 shows. Click Apply. Then go to the General tab and make sure that "Enable text-to-speech system (KTTSD)" is checked. Click OK and you're done. Now hover your cursor over any menu command to hear it spoken. It won't speak the main "File, Edit, View" etc. headings, but it will everything else.
Well there are just a few of the things you can do with KWord. Visit the links in Resources for good information on KWord's ODF (Open Document Format) support, and user manuals and help.
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