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Re: character issue
Katsumi Yamaoka <yamaoka@xxxxxxx> writes:
Hello, thanks for your reply.
> How does your speech synth speak the following apostrophe?
> Freedomâs Watch
It speaks it as if it weren't there. The synth acts as if there is a
space there. Spelling it out, it looks like this:
Freedom s Watch
But that is not so much a problem. _Much_ better than this:
Freedom question mark s Watch
> Since I found many web sites that offer the sentence that you
> cited using utf-8 charset, I tried writing this message with
> utf-8. If the synth speaks it wrongly, I guess it does not
> support such a character.
The page I was viewing
has this line in the source:
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso8859-15">
but setting the variables to this does not help.
I don't think it is so much an issue with the synth. As I understand
it, the synth speaks what is on the screen (with some exceptions like u
umlaut and c cedilla which are not characters in English). Here is
another example that might help. If I type the word "don't", it is
spoken correctly. If I were to encounter it in utf-8, it would sound
like "don tee". Still, this is preferable to "don question mark tee".
> But if it does, the problem will be due to emacs-w3m, or your
> configuration. In the latter case, we probably need to know the whole
> contents of your .emacs file and .emacs-w3m.el file, and the locale
> information in your system. Because I have never encountered such a
> problem nowadays. Though, I have no idea what to do with them for the
This could be an issue with the configuration as it pertains to the
character set used in emacs itself. The synth, as I understand it,
chokes on multibyte characters. emacspeak requires unibyte to be on. I
don't really understand the whole issue with character sets, so I cannot
really speak knowledgeably here.
The thing about this issue I don't understand is that emacs/w3 displays
the page with the octal representation of the character. I am afraid I
was not clear before. I do not "see" the octal character but only the
octal representation of the character ("\xyz" instead of "'").
> Otherwise, we can offer a filter program that converts the
> apostrophe in question into the ASCII character for emacs-w3m.
While this sort of thing would be appreciated, it seems like a bad fix.
I might ask on the emacspeak list to see if anyone else is seeing this
and if so what they are doing about it.
BTW, I did try to set the following variables to ascii a few months ago:
but the result was the same.
Thanks again for your help,
Robert D. Crawford rdc1x@xxxxxxxxxxx
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