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Re: testing aural style sheet properties

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 12:41:20 -0400 (EDT)
To: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0209221235100.27182-100000@tux.w3.org>

I think this is basically untrue.

There is a browser that has a partial implementation - emacspeak. It is free,
but runs on Unix systems - I don't know if it is available for Windows (the
speech drivers for Windows-based free speech synthesisers are probably the
real problem). And there are a few bugs in it.

But unlike what Dave says, it is useful to have a browser that does this
because emacspeak allows the user to apply their own style sheets (in CSS or
XSLT). I have only asked one regular user of emacspeak, and he is happy to
continue with the built in default user style sheet in most cases (he
specialises it for a few things that he does a lot).

Cheers

Charles McCN

On Fri, 20 Sep 2002, David Woolley wrote:

>
>> Does anyone know of a speech reading (TTS) browser that supports CSS2's =
>> aural properties, (ideally free to download, and Windows 98 compatible =
>> on a PC platform)?
>
>I don't think one exists.  It would be of very little use in the real world.
>
>There are two purposes for AT:
>
>1) to allow the user to access real world web sites, which are never
>   authored for aural style sheets;
>2) to allow their employers to meet disability employment legislation
>   with as little change to their intranet as possible.
>
>Particularly in meeting (1) the only practical solution is to use
>the market leader browser to do most of the work.
>

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