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    Can you do text to speech in Firefox?

    I was wondering it is possible to say, highlight a paragraph in firefox, press a button, and have (Orca) do text to speech to it?

    I got this setup in OSX, where I just press Alt-D and it does text to speech to any highlighted words.
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    Re: Can you do text to speech in Firefox?

    I don't think Orca has key bindings like that. Gnopernicus may be a good idea. Try it and see if it works for you.

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    Re: Can you do text to speech in Firefox?

    Orca works pretty badly with Firefox 2, but should do this fine with Firefox 3 (still in development). For now your best bet would be to use the Fire Vox extension with the FreeTTS speech engine:

    http://www.firevox.clcworld.net/

    Fire Vox can in theory use Orca as a speech engine, but I found that a somewhat unreliable.

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    Re: Can you do text to speech in Firefox?

    Quote Originally Posted by kd7swh View Post
    I don't think Orca has key bindings like that. Gnopernicus may be a good idea. Try it and see if it works for you.
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    Re: Can you do text to speech in Firefox?

    Quote Originally Posted by benjaminhawkeslewis View Post
    Orca works pretty badly with Firefox 2, but should do this fine with Firefox 3 (still in development). For now your best bet would be to use the Fire Vox extension with the FreeTTS speech engine:

    http://www.firevox.clcworld.net/

    Fire Vox can in theory use Orca as a speech engine, but I found that a somewhat unreliable.
    They have a new one called Click Speak I installed it and use it with the Java TTS, pretty cool so far!!! Thanks man!!!
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    Re: Can you do text to speech in Firefox?

    There is Festival. I don't know of anyone who is using it though to give you a review:
    http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/projects/festival/
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    Re: Can you do text to speech in Firefox?

    Sunnz, can you help with the install of Click, Speak?!

    I've been struggling with it, but it's come to nothing.
    And I'm bothering the write, Charles L. Chen. While he's been very kind about it, maybe you could save him and me some trouble by telling me what to do in Ubunut.

    One thing that stumps me, I'm afraid, is that you need admin privileges when installing the Java Runtime. The Jave Runtime is provided in the context menu in the GUI, after I download the CLC4TTS jar.

    But I don't know how to get admin privileges in that context, only in the console.

    I think that's why it the installation stops. It tells me:
    /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.5.0-sun-1.5.0.08 /jre/lib/ext/CLC4TTS_Java.jar (Permission denied).

    Help?

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    Re: Can you do text to speech in Firefox?

    Hmmm this is a little confusing.

    I guess you have installed the extension, right?

    Have you installed Java via apt-get/synaptic?

    As far as I recalled, I first run gksu in the terminate, then in the gksu window, I type it "/path/to/java -jar /home/me/CLC4TTS.jar". You'll need to fill in the exact path of your java and the jar file though.
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    Re: Can you do text to speech in Firefox?

    Thank you kindly, Sunnz.

    I did finally manage to install Click, Speak and am very happy with it.

    Please see how-to in these forums.

    Jackn
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    Re: Can you do text to speech in Firefox?

    Have a look at: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=363915
    How-To Install Click, Speak, a Web-page Reader (Text-to-Speech) Firefox Extension

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