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                <div id="wrapper">
  <h1>Simple Text To Speech</h1>
  <h2>Making the 'Speak' button work and more...</h2>
  <p id="warning">Sorry, your browser does not support the Web Speech API.</p>  
  <textarea id="txtFld" placeholder="type in some text here, or double click for a random message!"></textarea>
  <label for="txtFld" id="lbl">Type in text above. Then click the Speak button below.</label>
    <button type="button" id="speakBtn">Speak</button>
    <p>Note: For best results on a Mac, use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, or FireFox. On Windows, use Chrome.</p>
    <p>Sadly, it does not seem to work correctly in Mobile Safari. This though checking in JS shows that the APIs exist!
      You can call the: <b>speechSynthesis.speak()</b> method and you won't get any errors... But you won't get any audible
      speech being generated either! That sucks!
      <small>(Friday, Dec 20, 2019)</small>
    <p>This pen was forked from:
      <a target="_top" href=""></a>
     <p>Which in turn was forked from:
      <a target="_top" href=""></a>


                @charset "UTF-8";
*, *:before, *:after {box-sizing: border-box;}
:root {
html {
  font-size: 16px;
  font-family: Trebuchet,sans-serif;
body {
  background: var(--accentcolor);
  color: var(--reversecolor);
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
  line-height: 1.5;
strong, b {font-weight: bold;}
#wrapper {
  margin: 0 auto;
  padding: 1.2rem;
  width: 100%;
  height: auto;
  min-width: 320px;
  max-width: 960px;
  background: var(--reversecolor);
  color: var(--textcolor);
  text-align: left;
  border:2px solid var(--accentcolor);
  border-radius:0 0 16px 16px;
  box-shadow:4px 4px 16px #333;
h1 {
  color: var(--accentcolor);
  font-size: 3rem; 
  margin: 0;
p {
  font-size: 1rem; 
  margin: 1rem 0 1rem 0;
a:link, a:visited {color: var(--accentcolor);}
a:hover {text-decoration: none;}

#numFld {
  font-size: 1.2rem;
  width: 4rem;
  text-align: right;
  padding: 0;
  margin: 0 0 0 4px;
#txtFld {
  width: 100%;
  height: 4.4rem;
  font-size: 1.6rem;
  font-family: inherit;
button {
  -webkit-appearance: none;
  font-size: 1.4rem;
  font-weight: normal;
  background: var(--lightaccentcolor);
  border-radius: 12px;
  border: 2px solid var(--accentcolor);
  color: var(--textcolor);
  padding: 0.3rem 0.5rem 0.3rem 0.5rem;
  cursor: pointer;
  margin: 10px 20px 10px 20px;
button:hover {
  color: var(--reversecolor);
  background: var(--accentcolor);
  cursor: not-allowed;
#warning {
  color: red;
  font-size: 1.4rem;
  display: none;


   SpeechSynthesisUtterance() documentation:
   speechSynthesis() documentation:


let u;
let bSpeaking = false;
const stuffToSay = [];
let nWaitBetween = 900;

function pageSetup(evt) {
  //console.log("pageSetup() run")
  if (!SpeechSynthesisUtterance || !speechSynthesis) {
    const speakBtnNd = document.getElementById("speakBtn");
    const warningNd = document.getElementById("warning");
    const txtFldNd = document.getElementById("txtFld");
    const lblNd = document.getElementById("lbl"); = "block"; = "none"; = "none"; = "none";
  } // end if
  u = new SpeechSynthesisUtterance();
  u.addEventListener('end', doneSpeaking);
  u.addEventListener('boundary', wordChange);
  console.log("utterance set up")
  sayIt("Hello there, Code pen user! How are you doing?");
  sayIt("This pen demonstrates taking text, and speaking it using a built in speech synthesizer.");
  sayIt("It uses the speech Synthesis and the Speech Synthesis Utterance APIs built into this web browser.");
  sayIt("This pen was forked from another pen created by Chris Coyier.");
  sayIt("Which in turn.");
  sayIt("Was forked from a pen by Stephen, Estrella.");
  sayIt("You can type in some text into the text box on this screen.");
  sayIt("Then, simply press the Speak button, and I will read the text back to you!");
  sayIt("Isn't that really cool?");
  const speakBtnNd = document.getElementById("speakBtn");
  const txtFldNd = document.getElementById("txtFld");
  txtFldNd.addEventListener('dblclick', genRandomMsg);
  speakBtnNd.addEventListener('click', sayText);
  console.log("speak button event listener set up")
} // end of function pageSetup()

function sayIt(sText) {  
  const cmd = {};
  cmd.cmd = "say";
  cmd.text = sText;
} // end of function sayIt()

function sayIt2() {  
  if (bSpeaking) return;
  if (stuffToSay.length === 0) {
  } // end if
  const cmd = stuffToSay.shift();
  if (cmd.cmd === "say") {
    bSpeaking = true;
    let sText = cmd.text;
    const speakBtnNd = document.getElementById("speakBtn");
    speakBtnNd.innerHTML = "Speaking...";

    u.text = sText;
  } // end if
} // end of function sayIt()

/*  called when Speak button if pressed: */
function sayText(evt) {  
  const txtFldNd = document.getElementById("txtFld");
  let sText = txtFldNd.value;
  if (sText === "") {
    sayIt("There is no text in the text box!");
    sayIt("Type in some text into the text box above.");
    sayIt("You can press the Speak Button!");    
    sayIt("Then it will work!");
  } // end if
} // end of function sayText()

function doneSpeaking(evt) {
  bSpeaking = false;
  const speakBtnNd = document.getElementById("speakBtn");
  speakBtnNd.innerHTML = "Speak";
  if (stuffToSay.length > 0) {
    setTimeout(sayIt2, nWaitBetween);
  } // end if
} // end of function doneSpeaking()

function genRandomMsg() {
  const msgs = [];
  msgs.push("I love the sound of my computer-generated voice.");
  msgs.push("She sells sea shells, down by the sea shore.");
  msgs.push("Code Pen Rocks!");
  msgs.push("I'm sorry Dave, but I'm afraid I can't do that!");
  msgs.push("I have mate in 12 moves!");
  msgs.push("Warning! Alien approaching!");
  msgs.push("Warning! Will Robinson!");
  msgs.push("What you are suggesting is not logical!");
  msgs.push("Will you Heart this pen?");
  msgs.push("Was it apartment 2-A, or 2-B? To be or not to be, that is the question!");
  msgs.push("Thank you for double clicking the text box!");
  msgs.push("Don't forget to do that thing... that thing... what was it again?");
  msgs.push("Computing! Please wait!");
  msgs.push("We should reach the planet in 37 earth, days!");
  msgs.push("Thank you for calling our no-help-whatsoever center. Dial zero, and you will not get a person, but will be dumped somewhere in the self-service call tree! Isn't that wonderful?");
  msgs.push("JavaScript is a really expressive computer language. Don't you agree?");
  msgs.push("You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means!");
  msgs.push("Too bad I don't work on iOS!");
  msgs.push("Have you seen a six fingered man?");
  msgs.push("There will be blood, tonight!!");
  msgs.push("I keep getting my merds, wixed!!");
  msgs.push("I keep getting my Tang all Tongoled up!");
  msgs.push("The ROOT. of the word is greek!");
  msgs.push("Great Scott!!");
  msgs.push("I know Kung Fu!!");
  msgs.push("There is no spoon!");
  const nPick = Math.floor(Math.random() * msgs.length);
  const txtFldNd = document.getElementById("txtFld");
  txtFldNd.value = msgs[nPick];
  sayText(); // same as clicking "Speak" button!
} // end of function genRandomMsg()

let nTimerId = -1;

   called on "boundry" event.
function wordChange(evt) {
  if (nTimerId > -1) {
    try {
    } catch(err) {
      // do nothing if there is an error
    } // end of try/catch
  } // end if
  const speakBtnNd = document.getElementById("speakBtn"); = "yellow";
  nTimerId = setTimeout(restoreBtnColor,50);
} // end of function wordChange()

function restoreBtnColor() {
  nTimerId = -1;
  const speakBtnNd = document.getElementById("speakBtn"); = "#9df";
} // end of function restoreBtnColor()

window.addEventListener('load', pageSetup);