Contents of the TALK.DOC file
INSTRUCTIONS FOR TALK
TALK.COM is a program that makes your IBM PC speak. Sounds are
made by vibrating the speaker rapidly to simulate sounds. Each
sound is called a "phoneme".
Files on the diskette are:
TALK.DOC This file.
TALK.COM This is the main program itself.
TALKINST.COM The install program.
TALKINST.MSG Install messages.
TALKINST.DTA Install data.
TALKDICT.DAT Dictionary data.
TALKDICT.IX1 Dictionary index number 1.
TALKDICT.IX2 Dictionary index number 2.
SAY.COM Batch oriented talking.
To use talk for the first time, you should run TALKINST to tell
the program what type of monitor you have. TALK is already
installed for a color monitor.
When you run TALK, the program will expect you to enter an
English sentence. After pressing ENTER, each word will be
scanned against the dictionary. If a word is not found, you will
be presented with a phonetic menu so you can teach TALK how to
say the word. The word is then placed in the dictionary for
future use. Once all words have been scanned, the entire
sentence will be pronunced.
F1: Press this key to define a file to receive the sentenc-
es if you want to save them.
F2: This key reads back the file so you can hear it.
F3: Saves the sentence you just entered to the file.
IMPORTANT: You must use this key to save the sentence.
TALK does not automatically save your work.
F4: Empties the file.
F5: Changes the default pitch and delays. These changes
are not saved and are not entered into the save file.
F6: Brings up the phonetic menu so you can just enter
F7: Reads and entire ASCII file through TALK and out to the
save file. This is useful if you want to create your
messages first and then translate them through TALK.
F8: Allows you to edit the dictionary. You may add, change
or delete words and their translations.
F9: Turns color on and off.
F10: Exit TALK and return to DOS.
There are 36 sounds possible. They are listed on the menu. Each
sound must be preceeded by a dash (-). Following the sound, you
may enter a digit from 0 to 15 which will determine the pitch.
On PC ATs the pitch values all work well. On normal IBMs, pitch
values over 2 don't work well. Use spaces, commas and periods to
create delays between sounds.
SAY can be used to execute talk commands from a batch file. You
can use TALK (using F3) to set up a file of phonemes. Type in
"SAY type in "SAY -h-i" to make it read the command line. The two
methods cannot be combined.
These programs were made using TURBO pascal. If you have a
compiler, source code for SAY and the speech modules are avail-
able in "SPEAK.ARC".