This regards my text-to-speech program [VBC] for speech-impaired or mute users. To use this program you will need to be running some version of Linux and have the espeak speech program as well as the gvim version of the vim text editor. The user needs to be able to type on a regular keyboard or be able to use a touch keyboard such as those on newer laptops and some tablet computers. The computer will speak the typed words.

On my large tower-case computers I have had the type-and-computer-voice for years. My speech is impaired enough that if we had guests over and I wanted to get into a conversation, I would ask then to come into my office. They spoke; I typed and my computer was my voice. When small laptop computers [from 7 to 10 inch screen] became available, I saw this new size as fit for people to take with them whenever they went out. It took awhile to decide to learn how to program with the latest graphics toolkit, but the Voice By Computer application is underway.

I began developing VBC in late 2011`with the help of several people in the open-source movement. This is my second graphics program, the first, long defunct, having been started around 15 years ago and covered until 2002 or 2003. I will put up some images of VBC as I develop it. The first snapshot are below.

PS: to the increasing number of emails regarding VBC: I will answer you folks, but bear in mind that it is {{just me}}; I have no staff; please be patient. Re the OLPC query: I think so. Because VBC relies on so many other program--all also open-sourced [free]--things are more complicated.

VBC is free for personal use as will be covered by the GNU copyright.

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Last Update:
23 March, 2012

Gary Kline
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