Hello! I’m an educator using Quest in a high school class, and a long-time fan of IF.
Recently I developed a slight vision impairment, and although it has not seriously affected my life so far, it has made me mindful of accessibility for the visually impaired when it comes to computer games. I set myself a small project to explore the different ways to access IF: using Parchment versus Frotz, using WIndows SAPI versus ChromeVox, etc.
I was disappointed to see that WinFrotz TTS seems to be no longer available, because as described it sounded like it did not just read the text, but also handled features like saving and loading. Although the website is still there, the download links no longer work. What is the story behind this no longer being available?
Continuing to explore, I found that WinFrotz and Windows Glulxe have built-in SAPI support, which was great news. Combined with a somewhat inexpensive voice pack from Cereproc, it’s not bad to listen to under Windows. But I have a functionality question:
I am using Windows’ full-on TTS, not the Narrator function. Is there any way that someone knows of to stop the TTS and have it “move on” to the prompt and wait for the player’s input? My reason for this is that - after hearing a room description for the n’th time, the player might want to move on and just skip the TTS to the input prompt.
Does anyone have any thoguhts? Are there keyboard shortcuts built into the SAPI implementation in WinFrotz?
Many thanks in advance!