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[Fwd: Information on support in speech synthesizers of language switching]

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 18:00:28 -0400
Message-ID: <399325FC.4BEEFA91@w3.org>
To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Jim Thatcher wrote:
> 
> Gregg and Ian,
> 
> In addition (besides the lang attribute of the HTML element), HPR can be set
> to "automatic language detection" whereby it attempts to determine the
> language of the page. If HPR is fairly sure of the language and if that
> language is supported, HPR switches to the language for reading the page.
> Such analysis is only done for the whole page. There is no switching
> mid-page except by user choice.
> 
> Jim
> http://jimthatcher.com
> jim@jimthatcher.com
> 512-306-0931
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Ian Jacobs
> Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2000 3:18 PM
> To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
> Subject: Information on support in speech synthesizers of language
> switching
> 
> Gregg,
> 
> This came up on the conference call today. Here's information on this
> topic from Mark Hakkinen on the UA list [1] (sent 24 November 1999):
> 
> > pwWebSpeak allows synthesizer language changing for the page under these
> > conditions:
> >
> > 1. The LANG attribute is specified in the HTML element.
> > 2. The LANG attribute corresponds to one of the installed synthesizer
> > languages.
> >
> > Users can manually switch the "reading" synthesizer to one of the
> installed
> > languages, if no LANG attribute is present.
> >
> > Presently we don't switch on LANG attributes within a page (though we are
> > likely to add that). We do note significant time delays when switching
> > between some synthesizers (eg, some SAPI engines may exhibit a long load
> > time, particularly when using engines from different vendors). That has
> been
> > a concern of mine if we switch on arbitrary LANG attributes appearing in
> the
> > page as it could introduce unnatural reading flow.
> 
> >From Jim Thatcher (24 November 1999) [2]:
> 
> > Home Page Reader does the same and plans the same.
> 
> Hope this helps,
> 
>  - Ian
> 
> [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-ua/1999OctDec/0434.html
> [2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-ua/1999OctDec/0435.html
> 
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