Re: [HELP REQUESTED from the community] Was: Staging status of speakup

From: John Covici
Date: Thu Jul 25 2019 - 14:05:26 EST

the cursor_time option (I think) controls a cursor delay when you do
the arrow keys. I think the delimiters are what delimit a word fr
speakup, I changed it to space only, so it would work better for me.

On Wed, 24 Jul 2019 23:53:52 -0400,
Gregory Nowak wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 05:46:23PM -0700, Gregory Nowak wrote:
> > On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 11:23:19AM +0200, Samuel Thibault wrote:
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > To readers of the linux-speakup: could you help on this so we can get
> > > Speakup in mainline? Neither Okash or I completely know what user
> > > consequences the files in /sys/accessibility/speakup/ have, so could
> > > people give brief explanations for each file (something like 3-6 lines
> > > of explanation)?
> >
> > I have a recollection of documenting most of this on the speakup list
> > in response to a similar query a number of years ago. Unfortunately,
> > the speakup mailing list archives aren't easily searchable, and I
> > don't have a local copy of that mail.
> >
> > Kirk, doing grep with a few of the file names in
> > /sys/accessibility/speakup against the list's mbox file archive should
> > find that message if it's in fact there. If you can please find it,
> > and post the date when it was sent, we can provide a URL to that
> > thread as a starting point. If my recollection is wrong, and such a
> > message isn't in the archives, I'll write up what I know about.
> I've located the message I was thinking of in the archives, but that
> describes some speakup key commands, not
> /sys/accessibility/speakup. So, here's what I know, and hopefully
> someone else can fill in the rest.
> attrib_bleep
> Beeps the PC speaker when there is an attribute change such as
> foreground or background color when using speakup review commands. One
> = on, zero = off. I'm not currently at a machine with a working PC
> speaker, so can't test this right now.
> bell_pos
> As far as I know, this works much like a typewriter bell. If for
> example 72 is echoed to bell_pos, it will beep the PC speaker when
> typing on a line past character 72. Again, no PC speaker at the moment
> here, so can't actually test this.
> bleeps
> Not 100% sure, but I believe this controls whether one hears beeps
> through the PC speaker when using speakup's review commands. If no one
> jumps in on this, I'll experiment when at a machine with a working PC
> speaker, and will reply back with details.
> bleep_time
> Again, not 100% sure, but I believe this controls the duration of the
> PC speaker beeps speakup produces. I'm not sure of the units this is
> in either, possibly jiffys. I'll come back with more details on this
> one if no one else does.
> cursor_time
> Don't know.
> delimiters
> Don't know. I've tried echoing various characters to this and looking
> for differences when reviewing the screen, but no luck.
> ex_num
> Don't know.
> key_echo
> Controls if speakup speaks keys when they are typed. One = on, zero =
> off or don't echo keys.
> keymap
> I believe this is the currently active kernel keymap. I'm not sure of
> the format, probably what dumpkeys(1) and showkey(1) use. Echoing
> different values here should allow for remapping speakup's review
> commands besides remapping the keyboard as a whole.
> no_interrupt
> Controls if typing interrupts output from speakup. With no_interrupt
> set to zero, typing on the keyboard will interrupt speakup if for
> example the say screen command is used before the entire screen is
> read. With no_interrupt set to one, if the say screen command is used,
> and one then types on the keyboard, speakup will continue to say the
> whole screen regardless until it finishes.
> punc_all
> This is a list of all the punctuation speakup should speak when
> punc_level is set to four.
> punc_level
> Controls the level of punctuation spoken as the screen is displayed,
> not reviewed. Levels range from zero no punctuation, to four, all
> punctuation. As far as I can tell, one corresponds to punc_some, two
> corresponds to punc_most, and three as well as four seem to both
> correspond to punc_all, though I do stand to be corrected. I am using
> the soft synthesizer driver, so it is possible that some hardware
> synthesizers have different levels each corresponding to three and four
> for punc_level. Also note that if punc_level is set to zero, and
> key_echo is set to one, typed punctuation is still spoken as it is
> typed.
> punc_most
> This is a list of all the punctuation speakup should speak when
> punc_level is set to two.
> punc_some
> This is a list of all the punctuation speakup should speak when
> punc_level is set to one.
> reading_punc
> Almost the same as punc_level, the differences being that reading_punc controls
> the level of punctuation when reviewing the screen with speakup's
> screen review commands. The other difference is that reading_punc set
> to three speaks punc_all, and reading_punc set to four speaks all
> punctuation, including spaces.
> repeats
> a list of characters speakup repeats. Normally, when there are
> more than three characters in a row, speakup just reads three of those
> characters. For example, "......" would be read as dot, dot, dot. If a
> . is added to the list of characters in repeats, "......" would be
> read as dot, dot, dot, times six.
> say_control
> If set to one, speakup speaks shift, alt and control when those keys are
> pressed. Perhaps more keys are spoken, but those three are the ones I
> found. If say_control is set to zero, shift, ctrl, and alt are not
> spoken when they are pressed.
> say_word_ctl
> Don't know.
> silent
> Don't know.
> spell_delay
> As far as I can tell, this controls how fast a word is spelled when
> speakup's say word review command is pressed twice quickly to speak
> the current word being reviewed. Zero just speaks the letters one
> after another, while values one through four seem to introduce more of
> a pause between the spelling of each letter by speakup.
> synth
> Gets or sets the synthesizer driver currently in use. Reading synth
> returns the synthesizer driver currently in use. Writing synth
> switches to the given synthesizer driver, provided it is either built
> into the kernel, or already loaded as a module.
> synth_direct
> Sends whatever is written to synth_direct
> directly to the speech synthesizer in use, bypassing speakup. This
> could be used to make the synthesizer speak a string, or to send
> control sequences to the synthesizer to change how the synthesizer
> behaves.
> version
> Reading version returns the version of speakup, and the version of the
> synthesizer driver currently in use.
> Synthesizer Driver Parameters
> In /sys/accessibility/speakup is a directory corresponding to the
> synthesizer driver currently in use (E.G) soft for the soft
> driver. This directory contains files which control the speech
> synthesizer itself, as opposed to controlling the speakup screen
> reader. As far as I know, the parameters in this directory have the
> same names and functions across all supported synthesizers. Also as
> far as I know, the range of values for freq, pitch, rate, and vol is
> the same for all supported synthesizers,
> with the given range being internally mapped by the driver to more or
> less fit the range of values supported for a given parameter by the
> individual synthesizer. I will below describe the values and
> parameters for the soft synthesizer, which I believe is the
> synthesizer currently most commonly in use.
> caps_start
> I believe this is the string that is sent to the synthesizer to cause
> it to start speaking uppercase letters. For the soft synthesizer and
> most others, this causes the pitch of the voice to rise above the
> currently set pitch.
> caps_stop
> I believe this is the string sent to the synthesizer to cause it to
> stop speaking uppercase letters. In the case of the soft synthesizer
> and most others, this returns the pitch of the voice down to the
> currently set pitch.
> delay_time
> Don't know.
> direct
> Controls if punctuation is spoken by speakup, or by the
> synthesizer. For example, speakup speaks ">" as "greater", while the
> espeak synthesizer used by the soft driver speaks "greater than". Zero
> lets speakup speak the punctuation. One lets the synthesizer itself
> speak punctuation.
> freq
> Gets or sets the frequency of the speech synthesizer. Range is 0-9.
> full_time
> Don't know.
> jiffy_delta
> As far as I know, this controls how many jiffys the kernel gives to
> the synthesizer. I seem to recall Kirk saying that setting this too
> high can make a system unstable, or even crash it.
> pitch
> Gets or sets the pitch of the synthesizer. The range is 0-9.
> punct
> Gets or sets the amount of punctuation spoken by the synthesizer. The
> range for the soft driver seems to be 0-2. I'm not exactly sure how
> this relates to speakup's punc_level, or reading_punc
> rate
> Gets or sets the rate of the synthesizer. Range is from zero slowest,
> to nine fastest.
> tone
> Gets or sets the tone of the speech synthesizer. The range for the
> soft driver seems to be 0-2. This seems to make no difference if using
> espeak and the espeakup connector. I'm not sure even if espeakup
> supports different tonalities.
> trigger_time
> Don't know.
> voice
> Gets or sets the voice used by the synthesizer if the synthesizer can
> speak in more than one voice. The range for the soft driver is
> 0-7. Note that while espeak supports multiple voices, this parameter
> will not set the voice when the espeakup connector is used between
> speakup and espeak.
> vol
> Gets or sets the volume of the speech synthesizer. Range is 0-9, with
> zero being the softest, and nine being the loudest.
> Additions, clarifications, and corrections are welcome and
> appreciated.
> Greg
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