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    CMD_WRITE - Send speech request to the narrator device

    Standard device command.

    Sends a phonetic string to the narrator device to be spoken
    and, optionally, is used to direct the narrator device to
    return mouth shape changes, and word and syllable sync events
    in response to read requests from the user.  The phonetic string
    consists of ASCII characters representing the individual phonemes.
    Refer to the narrator device chapter of the libraries and devices
    volume of the ROM Kernel Manual for detailed information.

    User IORequest block (struct narrator_rb as defined in .h file).
    The OpenDevice call will initialize the IORequest block to a
    "standard male" voice.  If you want to change any parms, do so
    after the OpenDevice call and before the DoIO (or SendIO/WaitIO).
    For a complete description of the narrator_rb structure, see the
    narrator.h or .i include file.  Note that the OpenDevice call does
    not initialize all the fields needed by the narrator device.  The
    IORequest fields which must be set by the user before issuing the
    write request are:

       io_Command - Set to CMD_WRITE
       io_Data    - Pointer to phonetic string
       io_Length  - Length of phonetic string
       ch_masks   - Array of audio channel selection masks (see audio
                    device documentation for description of this field)
       nm_masks   - Number of audio channel selection masks

       ****** NEW FOR V37 NARRATOR

       flags - The bit NDB_NEWIORB must be set in the flags field if
               any of the new features of the V37 narrator are used

    In addition to producing synthetic speech, the narrator device
    also provides features for synchronizing the speech to animation
    or other user defined events.  There are three types of events
    that the user can request.  They are mouth shape changes, start of
    new word, and start of new syllable.  Mouth shape changes are
    requested by setting the mouths field of the IORequest block to a
    non-zero value.  Word and syllable sync events are requested by
    setting the NDB_WORDSYNC and/or NDB_SYLSYNC bits in the flags field
    of the IORequest block.  Note that word and syllable sync only work
    in V37 and later versions of the narrator device.

    The narrator device range checks and performs other validity
    checks for all input parms.  If any input is in error, the device
    sets the io_Error field of the IORequest block to an appropriate
    value (see include files for error codes).  If everything is in
    order, the narrator device will produce the speech and clear the
    io_Error field.  The io_Actual field is set to the length of the
    input string that was actually processed.  If the return code
    indicates a phoneme error (ND_PhonErr), io_Actual is the NEGATIVE
    of the position in the input string where the error occured.

    Read command.
    Audio device documentation.
    Exec input/output documentation.

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