Help on setting up the dialog annotation resources

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File Compression: The dialog annotation manual and tool are compressed with the gzip program (which is why their filenames end in .gz). You need the gunzip program to uncompress them.

Tar Files: The new dialog annotation tool is in a tar file. To extract the tool you need the tar program. For example, to extract files from the tar file, dat.tar, type "tar xf dat.tar" (you should have gunziped dat.tar already). The files you downloaded will be placed in the current directory.

For those using dat: The first line of the scripts dat and dialog2sgml needs to be modified to specify the location of Perl 5.002 on your system. dat assumes you are using a Sun workstation and uses the play program of Sun OS 4.x or the audioplay program of Solaris. Modifying the part of the dat script that sets the $PlayCmd variable should allow you to play audio on a different type of machine. See the README file included with the tool for more details.

For those using Nb: The audio files with the sample Nb dialog include a script (mplay) that Nb calls to play the audio files. mplay assumes that you are using a Sun workstation and sends the audio directly to the audio chip. The script can play compressed audio files but requires the zcat program. You should be able to modify the script to use your favorite program that plays au files. Note, you have to select all the lines in a dialog corresponding to an audio file in order for the audio to play. So in d93-26.2, if you want to hear "Can I help you", you'd have to notice that it is tagged with the Wav1 tag along with "Hello" and you'd have to select both of those lines for the playback command to work.

For further help: You can send email to us with questions or problems.

Last change: 2 Dec 2000 by stent