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Tom, You're a legend! This is incredible! Amazing!
I'm just looking at doing exactly the same thing, Was getting desperate. Then I see your post!
I'm pushing to get a wholly FOSS speech engine+GUI.
I blogged the start:
1. Use WINE to get Vista's Speech Engine operating in Linux
2. Create a GUI that'll interface with this engine.
The GUI will sporadically (unless the user disables the feature) send phrase-data to a central database (say VoxForge - I have contacted the maintainer and he is friendly)
3. Once we have enough data, throw out the WINE-wrapped Vista Engine, and replace it with our own FOSS engine.
Please have a look and tell me what you think!
hmm SAPI 5.1 doesn't have a UK english voicemodel. This is why I was trying to port the Vista one, but it's possibly horribly embedded. Anyway, I'm well up for learning American, in order to write my emails.
I hope we can meet up on the internet (I'm in India now) and chat! How about irc.freenode.net#cmusphinx?
Let's do it! Let's get a SAPI engine in Linux, and seed a FOSS GUI that kicks Vista Speech Assistant's bony butt!