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espeakup connector ======================= This is very early alpha software, so please keep that in mind if you use this program. espeakup is a program which makes it possible for speakup to use the espeak software synthesizer. It does this by reading speakup's softsynth device and passing the text to espeak which actually speaks. Requirements ============ This program works with the speakup screen reader, which can be obtained from http://linux-speakup.org, and the espeak software speech synthesizer which can be obtained from http://espeak.sourceforge.net. You must have both of these installed and operational. Setting them up is beyond the scope of this document. Installation ============ The preferred way to install espeakup is using your distribution's packaging system, but if your distribution does not have a package for espeakup yet, here are some basic instructions. To install espeakup, first cd into the directory where you unpacked the tarball, then issue make to compile the program. Once this is done, as root, issue make install. This will install espeakup in /usr/bin. Starting Up =========== This program should be run after speakup is set up to communicate with a software synthesizer and after /dev/softsynth exists. The way this is done is distribution specific, so it is beyond the scope of this documentation. Command Line Options ==================== Espeakup currently accepts the following command line options: --debug, -d Debug mode (stay in the foreground) --help, -h Show help --version, -v Display the software version. Questions ========= You can contact me with questions, bugs, patches, etc, at email@example.com or on the speakup mailing list. I hope you find this software to be useful. Acknowledgements ================ I would like to thank Marc Mulcahy, the author of the speakup to TTSynth connector, on which this work is based. Also, I would like to thank Kirk Reiser and Jonathan Duttington, the authors of Speakup and Espeak, respectively, for their work.