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Re: [WebAIM] Lang attribute and "old" latin

From: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 08:52:27 +0100
Message-ID: <48118DBB.8080405@googlemail.com>
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CC: gawds_discuss@yahoogroups.com, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

John Foliot - Stanford Online Accessibility Program wrote:
> As far as I know, current screen reading technology only supports a limited
> number of languages.  

[snip]

> The question is, is there any real advantage gained by adding this
> information (lang="lat") to the content?

Even if there were no speech synthesis available for a language, screen 
readers like JAWS can announce language changes and users can associate 
particular voice configurations with particular languages.

As it happens, it looks like Classical Latin is among the MBROLA voices:

http://tcts.fpms.ac.be/synthesis/mbrola.html

It is therefore (at least theoretically) usable with at least some 
screen readers and text-to-speech software, e.g. NVDA, FreeTTS (used by 
FireVox), and Emacspeak:

http://www.nvda.fr/spip.php?article14

http://mambo.ucsc.edu/psl/mbrola/

http://web.mit.edu/ATIC/src/emacspeak-9.0/mbrola

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Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis
Received on Friday, 25 April 2008 07:53:04 GMT

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