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SC-Voice release v2.2

Improvements in UI and accessibility

Dear friends of Voice,

In this rather short development cycle the main focus was on improving the settings interface in order to make it easier accessible. In this case most of the credits goes to @Aminah!

Try it out!

We have also added a new website language thanks to @SeanL: View Voice in French now (and listen to suttas in Pali, English, or German).

Following a user request we have implemented a small pause between suttas in multiple sutta playlists. For those who wish playlists with longer pauses, @Robbie has developed a way to create them using python commands. Try it out, become a snake charmer! :snake: :heart:

And it should be easier now for those with slow internet to download a sutta (but still, don’t try DN 33!).

Voice now also has an Acknowledgements page.

Amongst the English language narrators, Russel has left and made way for Brian who turned out to be the most popular in our little poll on reading voices. He is pretty energetic, so probably keeps you awake while listening to the suttas. This seems to be what most people like. But for those who prefer it a bit softer there’s still good old Amy to help you out.

And when talking about leaving, we would like to use this occasion to officially say good bye to @Aminah who has now retired from the Voice team and became the first VOICE EMERITA. Next to all her contributions that are mentioned in the Acknowledgements there are of course still all those things you can’t easily find words for, but that are no less important. Aminah, you have left traces in our hearts that even a thousand DELETE buttons would not be able to erase! :blush: :sparkles: :revolving_hearts: And at this point words fail me…

Please find the full list of release items here.

We like to hear your feedback. :pray:

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Oh no, there seems to be another disease that is contagious! I am so deeply touched by the words that made it on screen and the words that didn’t, and I’m going to trust you’ll be able to decipher all the unwritten words of my message here!!!!
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You folks rock! :grin:

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Thank you, Anagarika @Sabbamitta. Your enthusiasm, organization and vigilance have made ongoing Voice work possible and painless. :pray:

Aminah, your new Settings UI is indeed very much easier to use and also elegantly compact. Thank you for this feature and also for your own passion and skill in design, leadership and insight since the very beginning of Voice. :pray:

To all the translators, thank you for your time and efforts in making the Dhamma accessible to the world. :pray:

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Is it possible to change narrator on pali only recitation? On my phone I can’t seem to change narrator.

I also have a request, is it possible to get pali only recitation but still display both pali and translation text?

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Go to the settings and open “translation”, then check only the box for Pali:

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Asking the technical part of the team: @karl_lew? Or maybe @Robbie has an idea?

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It is currently not possible simply because it hadn’t occurred to us. I listen to Voice rather than look at it so the problem simply doesn’t arise for the visually impaired. However, such a feature would double the rate at which the sighted can listen to the bilingual suttas, since one can read the English/Pali while hearing the Pali. We can certainly add in this feature for a future release with an estimate of about a week of work (i.e., 13) since it involves both UI and backend work.

A more economical solution would be to ALWAYS show the translation language and have the preference apply only to the spoken language. This would require no UI change and would take half as much time. But it might (?) surprise some (?) people who expect to only read Pali.

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That’s why I’d rather go for the first option. Made an issue:

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Thanks so much Karl, Aminah, and Sabbamitta for your continued, incredible work on this amazing service! :pray:

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This is the BEST idea. I would love it.

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:slight_smile: Perhaps this would also be possible - there are times when I want to read in pali and english, but listen to english only. (It’s a social kindness; other listeners are not interested in the pali (usually); earphones are uncomfortable and reduce sharing Dhamma. )

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Ah. Quite interesting! We therefore need preference for what to play and what to show. :thinking:

Anagarika @Sabbamitta, I think perhaps this is a logical extension of the same issue?

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Yes Ayye, I knew how to do that, but I can get only ‘Amy’ whichever narrator I choose.

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The setting I mean is not under “narrator” but under “translation”. Are you sure you have only ticked the box for Pali and have unchecked the box for translation language? See my screen shot above. If this setting is right it doesn’t matter which English narrator is selected, you should hear only Pali.

If you have done all that, and you still hear Pali and English, please let us know what exact device you are using, which operating system and browser (version number).

If this happens when you actually want to hear an English voice, then please explain exactly what you are trying to do.

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Have you seen what the issue says? It doesn’t say “listening to Pali together with bilingual reading”, it says “monolingual listening together with bilingual reading”. “Monolingual” can be any language. :wink:

(And “bilingual”, by extension, can be any two languages—which may become relevant in connection with a later release we have scheduled which is supposed to enable bilingual listening to any two languages. And maybe this new issue can just go into the same release, so the other item isn’t so lonely… :smile:)

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