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System.Speech.Synthesis.TtsEngine Namespace

Supports the creation of Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) based custom engines for rendering text to speech (TTS).

The members of the System.Speech.Synthesis.TtsEngine namespace make available Windows Desktop Speech Technology support for Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) based markup language and the construction of synthetic speech engines.

The SSML markup language is the industry standard to provide a rich, XML-based language for assisting the synthetic speech engines. It is endorsed by Microsoft and our competitors. For more information on SSML, see Speech Synthesis Markup Language Specification.

Creating of a new of synthetic speech engine using System.Speech.Synthesis.TtsEngine requires the implementation and registration of an object derived from the abstract base class TtsEngineSsml.

System.Speech.Synthesis.TtsEngine based synthetic speech engines are accessed through Windows Desktop Speech Technology infrastructure, using the tools in the System.Speech.Synthesis namespace, in particular SpeechSynthesizer object, and are never directly used by applications.

The Windows Desktop Speech Technology infrastructures ensures that all parameters passed to a synthetic speech engine are validated and thread synchronized.

A of synthetic speech engine implemented using System.Speech.Synthesis.TtsEngine technology can:

  ClassDescription
Public classProsodyRepresents a collection of settings for voice properties such as Pitch, Rate and Volume.
Public classSayAs
Public classSkipInfoProvides information about text stream items to be skipped.
Public classTextFragmentContains text and speech attribute information for consumption by a speech synthsizer engine.
Public classTtsEngineSsmlAbstract base class to be implemented by all text to speech synthesis engines.
  StructureDescription
Public structureContourPointRepresents the volume for a text fragment with which the ContourPoint is associated.
Public structureFragmentStateProvides detailed information about a TextFragment.
Public structureProsodyNumber
Public structureSpeechEventInfoUsed to specify the type of event, and its arguments (if any) to be generated as part of the rendering of text to speech by a custom synthetic speech engine.
  InterfaceDescription
Public interfaceITtsEngineSiteProvides methods for writing audio data and events.
  EnumerationDescription
Public enumerationContourPointChangeTypeEnumerates values for the types of ContourPoint change.
Public enumerationEmphasisBreakEnumerates values for lengths of EmphasisBreak between spoken words.
Public enumerationEmphasisWordEnumerates the values of EmphasisWord for a specific TextFragment.
Public enumerationEventParameterTypeEnumerates the types of data pointers passed to speech synthesis events.
Public enumerationProsodyPitchEnumerates values for the Pitch property of a Prosody object.
Public enumerationProsodyRangeEnumerates values for the Range property of a Prosody object.
Public enumerationProsodyRateEnumerates values for the Rate property of a Prosody object.
Public enumerationProsodyUnitEnumerates values for the Unit property on the Prosody object.
Public enumerationProsodyVolumeEnumerates values for the Volume property of a Prosody object.
Public enumerationSpeakOutputFormatEnumerates the types of speech output formats.
Public enumerationTtsEngineActionSpecifies the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) action to be taken in rendering a given TextFragment.
Public enumerationTtsEventIdEnumerates types of speech synthesis events.
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