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Re: [media] a proposal for adding support for speech synthesis to HTML 5 (?)

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 22:09:41 +1000
Message-ID: <AANLkTinGXakkxTAHNWyfpf0pjg+EnUF_o6_Usc501znL@mail.gmail.com>
To: Martin Kliehm <martin.kliehm@namics.com>
Cc: HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>, John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>, Eric Carlson <eric.carlson@apple.com>
On Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 7:22 PM, Martin Kliehm <martin.kliehm@namics.com>wrote:

> On 16.09.2010 20:38, Philippe Le Hegaret wrote:
>
>> On Thu, 2010-09-09 at 14:18 -0700, John Foliot wrote:
>>
>>> Doh!!
>>>
>>> https://docs.google.com/View?id=dcfg79pz_4gnmp96cz
>>>
>>
>> Connecting the dots here.
>>
>> This is very likely to be related to
>>   http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/htmlspeech/
>>
>> On a related note, we also have
>>   http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/audio/
>>
>
> More dots: Mozilla implemented an Audio API in Firefox 4 Beta 5 that is
> read & write, probably that's what the incubator group is about. Also
> there's a draft for HTML Media Capture [1] that includes audio, image and
> video capture capabilities.
>
> With that audio API people have been playing around,[2,3] including a demo
> for speech synthesis.[4] A bug report addresses the inability to expose
> audio from the microphone to web content, so that's not too far-fetched.[5]
>
> I'd love to have built-in text-to-speech in the browser, and it doesn't
> seem to be impossible with current technology.
>
> Cheers,
>  Martin
>
>
> [1] http://dev.w3.org/2009/dap/camera/
> [2] http://weblog.bocoup.com/reading-the-audio-stream-from-firefox-3-7
> [3] http://weblog.bocoup.com/generate-sound-with-javascript-in-firefox-4
> [4]
> http://hacks.mozilla.org/2010/05/fast-javascript-and-audio-speech-synthesis-in-your-browser/
> [5] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=591976
>
>

Note that Philippe mentioned two different incubator groups and only the
second one is related to the Audio API, while the first focuses on speech.
Admittedly, using the Audio API to write a speech synthesizer in Javascript
is one way to address the needs in the second incubator group, but
fundamentally they have a different focus.

Cheers,
Silvia.
Received on Friday, 17 September 2010 12:10:34 UTC

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