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Sounds

Click on the Sounds Button.

There are 2 main areas of sound feedback available in OnScreen - Key Press Acknowledgement (feedback), and Text-To-Speech

Sound on Click - Key Press Acknowledgement Sound Options

OnScreen lets you select No Sound, Key-Click sound, or Voice sound audio feedback for key presses.

No Sound

Select No Sound to disable any sounds when keys are clicked on OnScreen.

Key-Click

Select Key-Click to play a click sound when each key is clicked on OnScreen.

Voice

Select Voice to hear voices describe each key on the OnScreen Keyboard. This also enables the Sound Recorder, and you may add your own voicing to OnScreen. See below for basic overview, and also see Advanced User Notes for more details & requirements. If Enable Keyboard Scanning is checked On in User Options, the Voice option is not available.

Scan Sounds

OnScreen lets you select sounds for keyboard scanning (available when Enable Keyboard Scanning is checked On in User Options.

No Sound

If this is selected, no sound will be played when a scan event occurs.

Scan Sound

If this is selected, a clear "pop" sound will be played at each scan event (when a new scan area is highlighted).

Text-To-Speech Notification

If this is selected, Text-To-Speech will be used to notify the user of the current highlighted scan area. Some of the text must come from settings in the Initialization File. This setting is only available when the system supports Text-To-Speech.

Sound on Enable/Disable

When set On, OnScreen plays a special sound when scanning is enabled, and a different sound when disabled.

Text-To-Speech Options

OnScreen lets you select basic Text-To-Speech operation when using OnScreen.

Speak key under pointer

Select this option to enable basic Text-To-Speech while using OnScreen. When the mouse pointer hovers over a key, the selected Voice will say the key name (or Text on key), e.g. the Enter key will say "Enter", the ! key will say "Exclamation Point.;" To change voice or rate, see the Text-To-Speech Speak and Setup in the Start Menu Program group (Start Menu | (All) Programs | OnScreen | Text-To-Speech). When selected, this option automatically enables and selects the "Speak letters/numbers/punc." and "Speak words", and it selects "Speak WordComplete words" if unselected, effectively providing Text-To-Speech for the entire OnScreen keyboard. Various subsets of the keys may be selected for Text-To-Speech operation as described below.

Speak letters/numbers/punc.

This option offers Text-To-Speech for the single character keys (common keys). For intermediate or advanced users, hearing these keys may not be necessary or desired, so Text-To-Speech for the subset of single character keys may be enabled/disabled with this option.

Speak words

This option offers Text-To-Speech for the keys that contain words, excluding the WordComplete words (see below). This option provides a second subset of the keys, so Text-To-Speech for the keys that contain words may be enabled/disabled.

Speak WordComplete words (CrossScanner Auto-Speaks)

Select this option to enable Text-To-Speech processing of the WordComplete completion candidate words. This option is automatically enabled when the "Speak key under pointer" under pointer is selected, but is independent of that option. Primarily used by individuals who do not need verbal feedback of the basic keyboard, but appreciate the feedback from the WordComplete words. Also designedfor use with CrossScanner to enable automatic scan of WordComplete words.

Delay before speak

The scroll bar can be moved to set the delay (shorter to the left, longer to the right). This delay affects the following when Text-To-Speech is in use:

The delay should be made longer if you experience the following:

Repeat (while over same key)

Select this option to enable automatic repetition of the key name while the pointer remains over the key. This may be useful for individuals who want the continuous feedback of hearing which key is currently under the mouse pointer.

Speak Word on Click

This option speaks the word when selected from the Word Completion Candidates. This is a good option to use when you have selected Voice key press acknowledgement - this acts as Word Completion key press acknowledgement. Using "Speak Key Text under pointer" and "Speak Word on Click" together can be confusing, and is not recommended.

Once you have made your Sound selection, click on the OK Button.

Press the CANCEL button to Close the Dialog & cancel the Select Sound operation.

Advanced Notes on Sound and Text-To-Speech

Custom Sounds - Voice and Key-Click

For foreign keyboards and other uses, OnScreen allows the user to replace the pre-recorded voice descriptions of the keys. Note that "Voices" must be selected in OnScreen Setup, Sounds to enable this feature. To add your own wave file, simply record the description required, and then place the wave file into the installation directory in the Sounds folder (directory) using the following conventions:

Text-To-Speech Advanced Notes

The Text-To-Speech requires the appropriate Speech Components installed. The file MSSPEECH.MSI must be installed (it requires the Windows Installer) - review the Release Notes on the distribution media for more details. Once installed, you can test & setup the appropriate voice in the Text-To-Speech Speak and Setup, available in the program group for OnScreen.

Text-To-Speech Speak and Setup provides 2 important functions:

  1. The ability to select the Voice and Rate of speech - select, click on Speak to test, then click on Close to save these settings for the current user (stored in the Registry for the Current User) - these settings will be used by OnScreen for any enabled Text-To-Speech option.

  2. The ability to type into the text area, and click on Speak to say the words typed - this can be both fun and also extremely useful for individuals who cannot articulate words well.

You may click on Notes for more details about the options in Text-To-Speech Speak and Setup - you can also open existing text files into the text area, then click on Speak to "read" the file.

Other Text-To-Speech notes:


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