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Is it possible to pull website text and play recorded words

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  • Is it possible to pull website text and play recorded words

    Hello all,

    I'm just wondering if a desktop app could be made using alpha to parse say the national weather service website forecast for an area and then take specific text from it and match the words to voice files that are the words like
    word (tomorrow text) is matched to (voice file tomorrow) and the (website text rain) is matched to (voice file rain) and once done play the voice file tomorrow followed by voice file rain resulting in hearing "tomorrow rain".

    Just curious if that capability is possible and how complicated.

    Thank you!
    Paul

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    Re: Is it possible to pull website text and play recorded words

    I didn't read this through. I think what you want to do is called screen scraping. This may help.

    https://forum.alphasoftware.com/show...creen+scraping
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      Re: Is it possible to pull website text and play recorded words

      You could ask Google to say what the weather is going to be in audio via a link to a url, or get an Alexa or Google Home device.
      See our Hybrid Option here;
      https://hybridapps.example-software.com/


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        Re: Is it possible to pull website text and play recorded words

        Originally posted by datacaster View Post
        Hello all,

        I'm just wondering if a desktop app could be made using alpha to parse say the national weather service website forecast for an area and then take specific text from it and match the words to voice files that are the words like
        word (tomorrow text) is matched to (voice file tomorrow) and the (website text rain) is matched to (voice file rain) and once done play the voice file tomorrow followed by voice file rain resulting in hearing "tomorrow rain".

        Just curious if that capability is possible and how complicated.

        Thank you!
        Paul


        I suppose it would be very easy with nodejs.

        For example get wheather and say it

        Ken

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        • #5
          Re: Is it possible to pull website text and play recorded words

          Use TextToSpeech Function Converts text to speech using the .NET Framework


          https://documentation.alphasoftware....ch%20Synthesis

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            Re: Is it possible to pull website text and play recorded words

            All very good information, but I was looking to somehow take a text word like "temperature" that would be on the weather site and match that text "temperature" to a stored wave file with the same name as the text like "temperature.wav" and then the next text word from website being a number "72" and match that to the stored voice wave file "72.wav" but then comes how to create a single wave file from all the individual wave files, so I think this is probably way too complex.

            The thought was:
            The weather websites have a limited number of vocabulary words to use in conditions and forecasts which helps make the stored database wave files or MP3 files cover only the words they use more limited to say 200 words or less. It's like these words "It's currently 72 degrees and raining with winds from the southeast" there all words that repeat and the biggest amount of wave or MP3 files are temperatures or humidity where you could have 200 temperatures say - 50 to 150 to be extreme example here. More likely say -50 to 125 or somewhere close to that.

            It would be parsing a weather website for current conditions and taking each word in the conditions and match the text to the wave file or MP3 file that has the same name as the word

            It would need to piece all the individual wave files together somehow in the background to make a single wave file to play out later or after creating that single file

            With that it is probably too complex although its been done with maybe straight code by others years ago just that it is no longer offered, so this project is for a non-profit low power FM station that is for a community and wants to announce the weather without someone being there.

            Just a pipe dream I guess?

            Thanks for all the input!

            Paul

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              Re: Is it possible to pull website text and play recorded words

              Just addressing the text to speech part:

              Code:
              TextToSpeech("Say something")
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