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Re: LANG and proper names; voice browsers and roman numerals

From: Patrick Burke <burke@ucla.edu>
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 22:34:02 -0800
Message-Id: <200002280634.WAA25295@caracal.noc.ucla.edu>
To: Christopher Atkinson <cwa@pipeline.com>, WAI Interest Group Emailing List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
At 06:46 PM 2/27/00 , Gregory J. Rosmaita wrote:
>but, with the state of today's technology, i still hear "George Two" and 
>"George Three", as JFW does interpret double capital eyes as "two", and 
>triple capital eyes as "three", but that's the extent of it's knowledge of 
>roman numerals...

Just as a footnote, if someone really wanted Roman numerals spoken
correctly it
would be what the math books like to call a "trivial exercise" (i.e.,
conceptually easy but tedious) to define entries for most of them in the
screen-reader's pronunciation dictionary. Thus "XIV" = "fourteen", "LXIII" =
"sixty-three" etc.

The system would break down though for single Roman numerals, since no screen
reader alive can figure out if the I in "After Leopold I came to power" is a
pronoun or a numeral. ... So the markup could be handy if implemented.


Patrick J. Burke


University of California
Los Angeles
The Disabilities & Computing Program
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Analyzing Usability
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Received on Monday, 28 February 2000 01:34:56 UTC

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