Chapter 4. Questions and Answers

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4.1. I need to start over. How do I get Jovie completely terminated?
4.2. How can I see debugging output from jovie?
4.3. None of the supported speech synthesizers support the language I need. Where can I get a synth for my language?
4.4. I have the HTML XML Transformer filter configured, but web pages are not spoken at all using the Festival plugin.
4.5. Certain characters or punctuation seem to be producing errors in the synthesizer, making it skip entire sentences, or pronounce gibberish. What can I do?

4.1.

I need to start over. How do I get Jovie completely terminated?

Enter the following commands in a Konsole:

kquitapp jovie

4.2.

How can I see debugging output from jovie?

Open a Konsole window. Then start jovie.

4.3.

None of the supported speech synthesizers support the language I need. Where can I get a synth for my language?

Google(tm) is your friend. This link might also help. If you find a free synthesis engine that supports your desired language, and want to add support for it to Jovie, please contact the development team. Open source engines are especially welcome. If you know of a commercial synth, perhaps you can persuade the vendor to donate a free copy to the Jovie development team. In the meantime, you may be able to get the synth working using speech-dispatchers command backend.

4.4.

I have the HTML XML Transformer filter configured, but web pages are not spoken at all using the Festival plugin.

Due to a bug in Festival 1.95 beta, you must install the rab_diphone (British male) voice for SABLE to work at all, even if you are not using that voice to speak the web pages. Also, make sure the xsltproc utility is installed and in the PATH.

4.5.

Certain characters or punctuation seem to be producing errors in the synthesizer, making it skip entire sentences, or pronounce gibberish. What can I do?

First, make sure the Character encoding option in the talker's configuration dialog is properly set for the language. If certain words or characters are causing problems, a String Replacer filter might help. See the section called “Filters (Advanced)”.