GWKB1088 : Switching To The New ECI Eloquence Speech Synthesizer Included With Window-Eyes 7.0

Product: Window-Eyes
Author: Raul Gallegos
Date Added: 06/24/2008
Last Modified: 06/24/2008

Window-Eyes 7.0 comes with a newer version of the Eloquence software synthesizer called ECI Eloquence 6.1. This version of Eloquence is directly tied to Window-Eyes and therefore does not use the SAPI interface. This also means that you can use Eloquence as your synthesizer when running Window-Eyes mobile from a removable device such as a USB drive (also known as a flash drive, pen drive, or USB memory stick). In order to successfully switch to using this newer version of Eloquence, you cannot be using the older 5.0 version of ETI Eloquence. If either a Window-Eyes script or a third-party application such as other access technology is using the older Eloquence, that script or application will need to be closed or disabled. If it is not, then the new Eloquence engines may not be found, or you might experience a system hang.

Switching to the newer ECI Eloquence version 6.1

The following steps will guide you in switching to a temporary synthesizer first, then switching to the newer Eloquence to insure a smooth change over. These steps assume you are using the default hot keys for Window-Eyes.

  1. Press CTRL-\ to focus the Window-Eyes control panel.
  2. Press ALT-F, then the letter Y to open the synthesizer selection dialog box.
  3. Press the HOME key then the letter D to select the DECtalk Access32 (Window-Eyes) synthesizer.
  4. Press the ENTER key and Window-Eyes will begin speaking using the DECtalk Access32 synthesizer.
  5. Press ALT-F4, then the ENTER key to shutdown Window-Eyes.
  6. Press CTRL-ALT-W to restart Window-Eyes. Remember it will still be speaking using the DECtalk Access32 (Window-Eyes) synthesizer.
  7. Press CTRL-\ to focus the Window-Eyes control panel.
  8. Press ALT-F, then the letter Y to open the synthesizer selection dialog box.
  9. Press the HOME key then the letter E twice to select the Eloquence synthesizer.
  10. Press the ENTER key and Window-Eyes will begin speaking using the Eloquence synthesizer.

Some final notes

  1. If no other applications are using the older ETI Eloquence 5.0 engines, you can remove them from the PC.
  2. If you choose to leave the older ETI Eloquence 5.0 engines on the PC, you cannot switch back to using this synthesizer without first switching to another temporary synthesizer and restarting Window-Eyes. Failing to do this could result in a system hang.
  3. The newer ECI Eloquence 6.1 synthesizer is directly tied to Window-Eyes. This means you can use it if running Window-Eyes mobile from a removable device such as a USB drive (also known as a flash drive, pen drive, or USB memory stick). Details of installing Window-Eyes mobile are found in Knowledge Base Article KB1067.
  4. If you have multiple sound cards in your PC, you can tell the newer Eloquence synthesizer which card to use.