One of the few things I envy the Mac for is that it's Oolite has speech.
Well I think we can change it. Over the last few weeks I've been using a new text-to-speech system call eSpeak
and I think it would be a good addition to the system. It doesn't use the traditional method of generating speech so it't quite artifical, but I find it clear that Microsoft Anna in many respects and its far more flexible.
The windows version can be installed as both a command line program and a SAPI5 module. The system is multi-language and sports customisable gender and accent modes (I use it with a Scottish female setting.) The command line version is only 251Kb in size and is self-contained. It's released under GPL 3.0 and as the programmer originally created for the Acorn Risc computers, I suspect he might be happy to see it being used in Oolite.
One other final bonus is that there is a Linux version as well
Anyway I offer this possible solution to our minor but still eking problem, for the mighty programmers for their cast their eye on.
KZ999's Oolite documents, including the new draft Oolite Game Manual
, can be found at www.box.net