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Re: Request for clarification on I18N speech synthesis question

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 09 May 2000 12:01:15 -0400
Message-ID: <3918364B.CF2299DF@w3.org>
To: Jon Gunderson <jongund@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu>
CC: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Jon Gunderson wrote:
> 
> Ian,
> I think the minimum is that the speech should just say to the user that it
> has encountered a Japanese phrase.  A second level of access would allow
> the user to get the numerical information of the Japanese characters.

This is not a minimal requirements isssue. The question is what
does this mean for speech synthesizers: "Dynamic switching for these 
short phrases may make the content sound unnatural and possibly
harder to understand." What should speech synthesizers do instead?

 _ Ian


> 
> At 11:24 AM 5/9/00 -0400, Ian Jacobs wrote:
> >Jon Gunderson wrote:
> > >
> > > Ian,
> > > My initial suggestions is that the UA could render "Japanese Phrase" XXXX
> > > "end Japanese Phrase", where XXX is some characters, or if Japanese is
> > > unsupported XXXX is nothing and the "end Japanese phrase" would probably
> > > not be needed.  I am assuming the user agent is doing this because it
> > > cannot render the Japanese.
> >
> >I apologize, I didn't make my question clear. This is about synthesized
> >speech, not graphical rendering.
> >
> >  - Ian
> >
> > >
> > > At 07:58 PM 5/6/00 -0400, Ian Jacobs wrote:
> > > >Hello,
> > > >
> > > >Eric Hansen has asked for a clarification of one of the paragraphs
> > > >of the Techniques document [1] under checkpoint 2.7 (natural
> > > >language switching):
> > > >
> > > ><BLOCKQUOTE>
> > > >Switching natural languages for blocks of content may be more helpful
> > > >than
> > > >switching for short phrases. In some language combinations (e.g.,
> > > >Japanese being the primary and English being the secondary or quoted
> > > >language), short foreign language phrases are often well-integrated in
> > > >the
> > > >primary language.  Dynamic switching for these short phrases may make
> > > >the content sound unnatural and possibly harder to understand.
> > > ></BLOCKQUOTE>
> > > >
> > > >Eric asks what the UA should do in this case...
> > > >
> > > >I thought that this came from the I18N review of the document at
> > > >last call, but I cannot find evidence to that effect. Can someone
> > > >remember where this came from? I haven't been able to track down
> > > >who sent this technique.
> >
> >
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> 
> Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
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