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Enable talking alerts in 10.2 System
Another great feature that was missing in earlier Mac OS X releases was "Talking Alerts." With Talking Alerts on, your Mac would read all dialog boxes to you in the voice of your choice, and you could even throw in random words like "Pay Attenetion Dumbo" or "Oh My". With the release of 10.2, Talking Alerts have returned.

Talking Alerts have been placed in the Speech panel of System Preferences (surprise, surprise). Choose the new Spoken User Iterface tab and then check the box labeled "Speak the alert text" to enable Talking Alerts. The behavior has changed in Jaguar, however, so unless you also have it "Speak the phrase," you will hear "Alert From TextEdit" before the alert!

If you want Jaguar to speak only the alert text and not any prefix, you must enable "Speak the phrase" and add the phrase " " (a single space) to the list. Do this by choosing "Edit phrase list" from the popup menu, adding the phrase, and then selecting the blank space from the popup menu.

Also, some new features have been added (as a side note, some of these features were previously available with other Apple software, such as At Ease, but never before in the Finder). You can have the system announce when an application needs your attention, speak the text under the mouse or speak the selected text when a predefined key is pressed. Enable these features with the checkboxes in the "Other spoken items" section of the preference pane.
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