Easy Speech

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Cross browser Speech Synthesis also known as Text to speech or TTS; no dependencies; uses Web Speech API

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Easy Speech

Cross browser Speech Synthesis; no dependencies.


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⭐️ Why EasySpeech?

This project was created, because it's always a struggle to get the synthesis part of Web Speech API running on most major browsers.

✨ Features

  • 🪄 Single API for using speechSynthesis across multiple browsers
  • 🌈 Async API (Promises, async/await)
  • 🚀 Hooks for all events; global and/or voice-instance-specific
  • 🌱 Easy to set up and integrate: auto-detects and loads available voices
  • 🔧 Includes fixes or workarounds for many browser-specific quirks
  • 📝 Internal logging via EasySpeech.debug hook
  • 📦 Multiple build targets
  • 🎮 Live demo to test your browser

Note: this is not a polyfill package, if your target browser does not support speech synthesis or the Web Speech API, this package is not usable.

🚀 Live Demo

The live demo is available at https://jankapunkt.github.io/easy-speech/ You can use it to test your browser for speechSynthesis support and functionality.

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📦 Installation

Install from npm via

$ npm install easy-speech

You can also use the various builds for different targets, see the dist folder:

  • /dist/EasySpeech.js - ESM
  • /dist/EasySpeech.cjs.js - CommonJs
  • /dist/EasySpeech.es5.js - Legacy node compatible
  • /dist/EasySpeech.iife.js - Legacy compatible build, works even with older or exotic browsers, as long as they support Promises (PRs welcome to transform to callbacks!)
  • /dist/index.d.ts - TypeScript type definitions

You can use them via CDN:

<!-- esm -->
<script type="module">
  import easySpeech from 'https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/easy-speech/+esm'
</script>
<!-- classic -->
<script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/easy-speech/dist/EasySpeech.iife.js"></script>

👨‍💻 Usage

Import EasySpeech and first, detect, if your browser is capable of tts (text to speech):

import EasySpeech from 'easy-speech'

EasySpeech.detect()

it returns an Object with the following information:

{
  speechSynthesis: SpeechSynthesis|undefined,
  speechSynthesisUtterance: SpeechSynthesisUtterance|undefined,
  speechSynthesisVoice: SpeechSynthesisVoice|undefined,
  speechSynthesisEvent: SpeechSynthesisEvent|undefined,
  speechSynthesisErrorEvent: SpeechSynthesisErrorEvent|undefined,
  onvoiceschanged: Boolean,
  onboundary: Boolean,
  onend: Boolean,
  onerror: Boolean,
  onmark: Boolean,
  onpause: Boolean,
  onresume: Boolean,
  onstart: Boolean
}

If at least SpeechSynthesis and SpeechSynthesisUtterance are defined you are good to go.

🚀 Initialize

Preparing everything to work is not as clear as it should, especially when targeting cross-browser functionality. The asynchronous init function will help you with this situation:

EasySpeech.init({ maxTimeout: 5000, interval: 250 })
    .then(() => console.debug('load complete'))
    .catch(e => console.error(e))

💽 Loading voices

The init-routine will go through several stages to setup the environment:

  • detect and that SpeechSynthesis is basically supported, if not -> fail
  • load voices directly
  • if not loaded but onvoiceschanged is available: use onvoiceschanged
  • if onvoiceschanged is not available: fallback to timeout
  • if onvoiceschanged is fired but no voices available: fallback to timeout
  • timeout reloads voices in a given interval until a maxTimeout is reached
  • if voices are loaded until then -> complete
  • if no voices found -> fail

If your init routing has still not detected / loaded any voices, allthough speechSynth is supported please leave an issue!

Placing a fallback voice

If voices are found it will place a fallback voice by the following rules:

  • If there is a voice among all voices with the default property set to true use this as fallback voice
  • Otherwise find the first matching voice by current navigator.language
  • Otherwise use the first voice in the Array

Note: This fallback voice is not overridden by EasySpeech.defaults(), your default voice will be used in favor but the fallback voice will always be there in case no voice is found when calling EasySpeech.speak()

📢 Speak a voice

This is as easy as it gets:

await EasySpeech.speak({
  text: 'Hello, world!',
  voice: myLangVoice, // optional, will use a default or fallback
  pitch: 1,
  rate: 1,
  volume: 1,
  // there are more events, see the API for supported events
  boundary: e => console.debug('boundary reached')
})

The Promise will automatically resolve when the speaking ends or rejects when an error occurred. You can additionally attach these event listeners if you like or use EasySpeech.on to attach default listeners to every time you call EasySpeech.speak.

😵‍💫 Troubleshooting / FAQ

There is an own FAQ section available that aims to help with common issues.

🔬 API

There is a full API documentation available: api docs

⌨️ Contribution and development

Every contribution is welcomed, please open issues if anything is not working as expected.

If you intend to contribute code, please read the guidelines on contributing.

📖 Resources

This project used several resources to gain insights about how to get the best cross-browser SpeechSynthesis running:

⚖️ License

MIT, see license file