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--Sj leave me a message 02:48, 13 January 2008 (EST)

with a mazy motion

making 'maze' into a screensaver or something that can run at startup would be neat... I've been thinking of ways to have preloader activities/games for activities with long load times. not sure how to implement for a few months yet, though. --Sj leave me a message 02:49, 13 January 2008 (EST)

I used collaborative maze to wow the kids at Chester Community Charter Schools... everyone wanted to play with their classmates after that. It was no use explaining to them that you couldn't beat the game... [aside: the same thing happened to my cousins after I gave one an XO. for all I know she's still playing the same session with her friend... someone really needs to add a "save progress" feature.] 12:33, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

Re Talk:Speak#Accessibility

I outlined a few more things there that you might be able to achieve far better than I. Another thing that I think we might find a way to optionally turn off is the initial greeting, especially for use in this circumstance. --Neskaya 21:28, 14 February 2008 (EST)

Thanks my code was backwards...

Forwards, backwards, oops. Thanks CharlesMerriam 03:05, 7 March 2008 (EST)

Adding languages to Speak activity

Josh, do you know how to add more languages (e.g.Turkish) into Speak? Thanks a lot.--Carla 09:22, 31 July 2008 (UTC)

Speak broken in joyride due to numpy move -FIXED

Hi jminor,

In case you get to fix this before I do, in the latest joyride (I'm running -2271) Speak is broken because numpy's been removed in favor of numeric:

/home/olpc/Activities/Speak.activity/ in <module>()
     54 import glasses
     55 import mouth
---> 56 import fft_mouth
        global fft_mouth = undefined
     57 import waveform_mouth
     58 import voice

/home/olpc/Activities/Speak.activity/ in <module>()
     25 from mouth import *
---> 27 from Numeric import ceil
        global Numeric = undefined
        global ceil = undefined
     28 from FFT import *

ImportError: No module named Numeric

All fixed now (Trac #7852) .

Want to add Nepali language in Espeak.Help me out!!

Hi, I'm working for OLE Nepal.Currently I'm working on speak and I want to add Nepali language on speak.Please help me.

We have already added the Nepali Language in espeak which, as far as I know, speak is based on. How long do you think it will be before these changes are incorporated in the Speak activity. 08:49, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

If you've added it to espeak, then it should appear automatically in Speak. Do you see the new language listed when you type "espeak --voices" into the Terminal? jminor

The Nepali language is currently present in the latest version of espeak v1.39.15. It had been part of espeak for about a week. I currently have the latest Speak (v.9) in the XO but cannot see the Nepali language there. How do I sort of 'merge' these changes in espeak with speak?. My objective is to make the Speak activity speak in Nepali. Thank you. Pradosh

Speak asks espeak which languages it supports by running "espeak --voices" so if you have the new espeak installed on your XO, then Speak should notice it automatically. You can do this on your machine for testing by just adding the new language files to /usr/share/espeak-data/ and /usr/share/espeak-data/voices/. There is an explanation for how this was done for the Mohawk language here:

espeak is included in the base operating system release, not as part of the Speak activity, so if you want the new version released for everyone you should contact to get guidance on how the latest version can be included in upcoming releases of Sugar. jminor

Thank you!

Just wanted to share some other work which was built on the shoulders of giants like you - see today's for the article on Free Icon-To-Speech. Thank you so much for Speak!! --RMattB 06:06, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

Icon-To-Speech is awesome! It feels great to know that a little time spent programming can help folks in such a meaningful way. Keep up the good work! jminor 07:42, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

Vandalism thanks

Thank you for helping monitor the speak page! --Sj talk 07:18, 17 December 2008 (UTC) Sure thing :) jminor 07:23, 17 December 2008 (UTC)


Hello. I have an activity.linfo file for the Nepali locale of speak. Can I send it to you to put it in future versions of Speak?

Sure! I'd love to add more translations. Feel free to send it to me. jminor

How do I send the file to you? Also, do you know how I can translate the activity to nepali through pootle? I can't find the po file for speak there. Thanks.

Internationalization_in_Sugar provides some useful tips. We are in string freeze and things are very busy this week, but perhaps writing to the localization list and filing a Trac ticket with the POT attached would be a good start to submitting the Speak strings to the Honey project on Pootle. cjl 05:35, 19 February 2009 (UTC)

There is now a trac ticket for getting Speak added to Pootle here: Once that moves forward then we can add the Nepali translation. Feel free to add yourself to the cc list for that ticket to stay in the loop. jminor 18:06, 10 March 2009 (UTC)