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Re: Request for clarification on I18N speech synthesis question

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu>
Date: Tue, 09 May 2000 11:21:25 -0500
Message-Id: <4.3.1.2.20000509111518.00d0c860@staff.uiuc.edu>
To: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Ian,
I think that the user agent should allow for configuration of the following 
options.  But option one in each case should be used if the user agent does 
not support configuration.

When the author specified language is supported:

1. Announce that a language change is taking place and speak the 
word/phrase in the supported language

2. Do not announce that a language change is taking place and speak the 
word/phrase in the supported language

When the author specified language is non supported:

1. Announce that a language change has taken place and that it is not supported

2. Allow the user to get the numerical character information of the 
unsupported language

Note: Language change announcements are in the users default language for 
the synthesizer


Jon


At 12:01 PM 5/9/00 -0400, Ian Jacobs wrote:
>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.
> > >
> > >
> > >--
> > >Ian Jacobs (jacobs@w3.org)   http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs
> > >Tel:                         +1 831 457-2842
> > >Cell:                        +1 917 450-8783
> >
> > Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
> > Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
> > Chair, W3C WAI User Agent Working Group
> > Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
> > College of Applied Life Studies
> > University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
> > 1207 S. Oak Street, Champaign, IL  61820
> >
> > Voice: (217) 244-5870
> > Fax: (217) 333-0248
> >
> > E-mail: jongund@uiuc.edu
> >
> > WWW: http://www.staff.uiuc.edu/~jongund
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>
>--
>Ian Jacobs (jacobs@w3.org)   http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs
>Tel:                         +1 831 457-2842
>Cell:                        +1 917 450-8783

Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Chair, W3C WAI User Agent Working Group
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
College of Applied Life Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
1207 S. Oak Street, Champaign, IL  61820

Voice: (217) 244-5870
Fax: (217) 333-0248

E-mail: jongund@uiuc.edu

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