Release - Kodi Screen Reader (Text to speech)

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Hi Traker1001! The movie sets were just an example. If you highlight a selected item, for example movie sets, skip steps, selected audio device, what ever, this behaviour occurs. For me it happens mostly with the movie set editor, that's why I named that example.

I have LibreELEC installed on an Intel Nuc. I don't need to enter text very often, so I don't have a keyboard connected to the Nuc. Only if I search for a movie or edit a movie title, I enter text with the remote. It just takes a bit longer to do that, because I have to wait until the screen reader speaks the text I entered. Also when I delete a character that sound occurs. I have no idea what the popup in the lower right corner sais because it is gone to fast. My sight would be good enough to read it if that popup would stay a little longer... :-(

None of those bugs are critical, but it would make the usage of Kodi much nicer if they were fixed. :-)

Regards!
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Hi!

I'm using LibreELEC 7.0.2 with Kodi 16.1. I have a little issue, nothing major, just an inconvenience. Maybe someone could point me in the right direction to solve it?

As long as I use Kodi with the screen reader I set it up the same way. Music and video output goes through HDMI to my AV-Receiver and speech goes through aplay directly to a pair of small speakers connected to the analog output. This worked perfectly until LibreELEC.

Well, it still works, but there is a problem now: When I press a remote button before the speech is done, nothing is spoken. For example if I press down to move to the next movie, the name of the movie will not be spoken. After that, pressing again the down button, the next movie name will be spoken. But when I wait until speech is done, everything is good. This happens in all areas of Kodi. When ever I press a key before the speech is done, the next element, entered character or whatever will not be spoken.

This happens also if a keyboard is connected to the device. Oh, and speaking of the device: LibreELEC is installed on an Intel Nuc 5CPYH.

This happens only if I select aplay within the screen reader settings. When I select XBMC PlaySFX everything works just as expected. But that has some disadvantages, like no speech during playback.

Until OpenELEC 6.0.3 this was never a problem. I don't know all changes made to LibreELEC, so I don't know, where to start. However, my guess would be that something about ALSA may have changed. And if so, is there a way to do something about it?

For now I use the XBMC PlaySFX player. Is there some other player for LibreELEC I could try? I can live with the current situation, but it would be nice to have the screen reader speak through the speakers again.

Sometimes I hate my english! :-( I watch movies and tv shows mostly with the english audio track, and I believe that I understand almost all of it. But when it comes to say or write something myself, it sounds just wrong... So I hope I described the issue in a way that at least some of you could understand... :-(

Regards!
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