SaySentence Update – CALL FOR HELP

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I’m not going to bore you with all the stuff I’ve done since November here. I put it, and some examples, in the file update1.txt in the git archive. To read it,

do a git clone of

I a nutshell, I’ve upgraded the SayScript grammar to handle expressions in the file names, upgraded the current en, fr, it, hu, and some others, to use the same approach as say.conf. Upgraded the test suite. Finished converting Asterisk trunk
(mostly) to use SaySentence internally.

I’ll make the Asterisk Community an offer. Somebody out there, I hope, would like to have Asterisk in his/her language, which is not yet coded into Asterisk. I offer to help you, whoever you are, to develop a soundpack for your language. Here’s the steps:

1. Get the en.template file in my github project. Copy it to the
translation/ example: rw_RW
2. Get the scripts that go with the trunk version for the sound files.
(That’s easy, just download any english core sound file set for
Asterisk. It’s in there, with the ending of “.txt”.)
3. Translate the scripts for the various files. These are really
a mixture of full sentences, and phrases (parts of a sentence).
4. Now, go to the translation file, with your scripts. Look for
the non-trivial sentences, which usually involve stuff like
‘%’ variable references, and more than one sound file. See if
the sentence parts fit together acceptably. If not, rearrange
under the [format] header for that utterance. Plan new files
with corresponding sentence parts if necessary.
5. Now, Plan out the way your numbers, ordinal and cardinal, are
spoken, and how the money for your locale is spoken. I will help
you (for free) to generate a set of SayScripts for your language.
We’ll have to deal with issues like gender, or who-knows-what-else!
6. Run a bunch of tests to make sure the numbers, etc are generated
7. Find a friend with a nice voice, and hand them the 400+ file
scripts. If you can’t find one, or can’t afford one, find a quiet
room, and record them yourself, as best you can. Edit the recording
into separate files. Clean them the best you can. Get them in the
best, highest quality format you can. 44+ kiloherz wav pcm files
if possible. I’ll get them into a good format; Asterisk trunk
can handle sln32 or higher file formats. My intention is that
the sound files in soundpacks will be a single best choice format.
When installing sound packs, the files can be converted into any
combination of formats you wish. We can use Asterisk itself to
convert the files, or sox. All I know is that the higher quality
the source sounds are, the better off you’ll be converting them.
8. We’ll form your sound files, scripts, and SayScripts into a single
Sound Pack. Possibly the first one ever. I’ll have to get busy
and write some scripts to build sound-packs, and some scripts to
install them.

I’d like to help with at least one new language, if possible, to see what can be done to smooth the process.

Interested? Write me!