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Re: A Fresh Look at Accommodating Cognitive Disabilities

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 14:31:07 -0400 (EDT)
To: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0004281429420.13812-100000@tux.w3.org>
I think the problem is that in some cases text itself is difficult. (Anyone
been to a lecture where the presenter just spoke, with no  visual aids, and
found it difficult to access the content of the lecture?

On the other hand, I think text to speech is a valuable aid to
comprehension in many cases, although often not an answer by itself.

fortunately it is becoming cheaper.



On Fri, 28 Apr 2000, William Loughborough wrote:

  AP:: "I question the ability of TTS to provide adequate accommodation by
  itself. Perhaps you are working with a more advanced TTS device?"
  WL: If the idealized text-to-speech "device" were a human reader would
  it qualify? In cases where communication via spoken language is
  ineffective how can we learn what works? Are we trying for a
  "text-to-thought" system? In fact is language itself in question in some

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