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Re: Hebrew vowel marks - yes, they ARE in Unicode

From: Lisa Seeman <seeman@netvision.net.il>
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 20:22:56 +0200
Message-ID: <001001c0ca90$1817fae0$9597003e@seeman>
To: "Jason White" <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>, "Adam Victor Reed" <areed2@calstatela.edu>
Cc: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
I have never noticed or seen any reasonably consistent way to work out the
vowels if they are not specified. I have been told either to recognize the
word, or to guess a common vowel form and  see if it sounds right.

Neither piece of advice I have very useful. The only way to help a screen
reader would be to check each word against a dictionary of known words.
However this can not be a complete solution.
It also leaves the Learning disabled out in the cold. I would say - unable
to access the information (especially with long words, were trying multiple
vowel combinations and seeing what sounds right is , well , not practical.)

-----Original Message-----
From: Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>
To: Adam Victor Reed <areed2@calstatela.edu>
Cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Date: Friday, April 20, 2001 2:50 AM
Subject: Re: Hebrew vowel marks - yes, they ARE in Unicode

>Also (as additional rationale) would speech synthesis technology
>require vowel marks, or could it infer them in a reasonably consistent
>and reliable manner? Actually, if they could be inferred by software
>in a reliable way, then perhaps the best solution would be to provide
>a tool to solve the problem, instead of requiring either alternative
>content or the rewriting of web pages.
>I am coming to the conclusion that we need to define what we mean by
>"text" (in the context of the requirement that a textual
>version/equivalent of all content must be provided). There are basic
>requirements (e.g. character set) which need to be met to enable text
>to be processed by software.
>While addressing this subject, there are languages with very large
>character sets (numbered in the thousands). Is there a cognitive
>argument for using simpler script in certain circumstances, and if so
>under what conditions?
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