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Re: Audio formats

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 16:07:40 +1100
Cc: web@edd.ca.gov, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
To: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
Message-Id: <9473546E-3CB5-11D7-B881-000A95678F24@sidar.org>

Sorry, I certainly think that a high-quality voice that matches your 
experience of english is better than a mechanical voice. But it is 
almost always more expensive to produce (although you may have people 
donate the effort). There are people who are used to a particular 
version of english (including accent) and find that another accent is 
very difficult to understand. If you get used to your speech system's 
accent, it may be preferable to one that provides good modulation and 
interpretation as one expects from a human speaker.

On the other hand when using speech to support understanding of text 
because of difficulty with reading there is often more value in 
high-quality speech than there is for people using speech synthesis to 
overcome vision impairment. Thanks for reminding us of that

I guess I was thinking more in line with section 508 requirements 
(which tend to ignore the needs of people who have difficulty in 
reading such as those with learning and cognitive disabilities or Deaf 
people who use a sign language as their first language) since the focus 
suggested in the original mail of the thread seemed restricted to 
helping people with visual disabilites.

cheers

Chaals

On Sunday, Feb 9, 2003, at 19:23 Australia/Melbourne, Jonathan Chetwynd 
wrote:

> Ask children whether they prefer an audio tape by a well known and 
> good reader, or a screen reader, and you have you answer.
>
> The assumption that a mechanical reproduction of a voice is superior, 
> because the data is 'accessible' is misplaced. They are a separate and 
> useful activity.
>
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Charles McCathieNevile           charles@sidar.org
Fundación SIDAR                       http://www.sidar.org
Received on Monday, 10 February 2003 00:08:07 GMT

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