Cross-platform text-to-speech

Scott Rossi scott at
Mon Jul 15 12:56:01 EDT 2002

Recently, "Ken Norris (dialup)"  wrote:

>> It does.  Look in the built-in help under Narrator.  Not sure how available
>> this is on various system versions, but then again, speech functionality is
>> not installed on all Macs either.

> What Windows version are you using that has it? Are you saying it came with
> standard installation of Windows? Never heard that before.

Narrator appears to be present on 2K and XP, didn't see it on 98.  Not sure
if this is what you're looking for, but it appears to be a bare bones text
to speech engine for reading dialogs/alerts/etc.  Even Microsoft
acknowledges that users may need a third party utility if they want
something with more features.  Run a search on Google and you'll find a
bunch of references to Narrator and comparable utilities.


Scott Rossi
Creative Director
Tactile Media, Multimedia & Design
E: scott at

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