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APA Announces Pronunciation Task Force

From: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2018 19:20:22 -0500
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Cc: W3C WAI Accessible Platform Architectures <public-apa@w3.org>, chairs@w3.org
Message-ID: <20181206002022.GL9687@rednote.net>
Would you like to help the web do a better job pronouncing content for users who rely on text to speech (TTS)?

All persons interested in making TTS more effective on the web are cordially invited to join the newly created pronunciation Task Force [1] in the accessible
Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group.

Correct pronunciation is not just a nice to have for users who rely on TTS. There are situations where it's mandatory if the web is to function as an
equal opportunity environment. Anyone taking a timed test, for example, should not be diverted and slowed down by improperly pronounced content.
APA believes there is already sufficient core technology available in existing W3C recommendations to create cross-platform functional guidance for content
authors interested in correct pronunciation through TTS. The task of the Pronunciation Task Force is to identify and specify the optimal approach which
can deliver reliably accurate pronunciation across browser and operating environments.

The educational publishing and educational assessment communities have long been aware of the negative impact of unreliable TTS pronunciation.  Mismatches
between how content is spoken by TTS and how it should be spoken according to pedagogical practice are well known to confuse and otherwise hamper the student experience.

As defined in its Work Statement [2] the Pronunciation Task Force will publish three documents in furtherance of this goal:

*  A Gap Analysis;

*  A Use cases and requirements document;

*  A document proposing a technical approach for providing the solution to address the need for accurate pronunciation and presentation of spoken content
   various languages.

The APA Spoken Presentation Task Force was formed in October 2018 and is now
recruiting participants from across the spectrum of content publishers,
accessibility standards, assistive technology, and speech technologies
interested in solving this challenge.  While the impact of any solution will
be significant for the education community, we believe there will be broader
benefit as spoken presentation grows as a modality for interaction with the
web.  The planned work of the task force is described at [1][2].

This effort continues work begun in the IMS Global Learning Consortium (GLC),
and there is background information on work conducted prior to the formation
of the Task Force by ETS [3] [4] and details on the IMS GLC QTI 2.2 inclusion
of SSML at [5].

To join the Pronunciation Task Force please contact:

Michael Cooper <cooper@w3.org
APA Staff Contact.

Questions about the work of the Task Force may be directed to:

Irfan Ali <iali@ets.org>
Pronunciation Task Force Facilitator.

Please feel free to forward and share this invitation widely.

Janina Sajka
APA Chair

   [1] [3]https://www.w3.org/WAI/APA/task-forces/pronunciation/

   [2] [4]https://www.w3.org/WAI/APA/task-forces/pronunciation/work-statement

   [3] [5]https://github.com/mhakkinen/SSMLinHTMLproposal

   [4] [6]https://github.com/mhakkinen/SSML-issues/blob/master/overview.md

   [5] [7]http://www.imsglobal.org/question/qtiv2p2/imsqti_v2p2_impl.html#7


Janina Sajka

Linux Foundation Fellow
Executive Chair, Accessibility Workgroup:	http://a11y.org

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Chair, Accessible Platform Architectures	http://www.w3.org/wai/apa
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