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Re: Comment on 4.14 synthesizer configuration (Cc: list)

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 14:04:01 -0500
Message-Id: <200012131903.OAA233155@smtp2.mail.iamworld.net>
To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
[By mistake I sent this just to Phill.  That was on Dec. 6.  Please mark
off my
Action item. - Al]

Somehow, the question 

"Is this an accessibility issue" got added to your comment.  I don't see that
question in this message, which was cited as the origin of the issue.  But
nevertheless...

The accessibility angle is, so far as I know, that people with some hearing
impairments will find the speech audible (comprehensible) if they can adjust
the synthesizer settings and will not if not.

On the actual set of adjustments to be included, please see the discussion at
Issue #361 in the F2F minutes 

<http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/2000/11/minutes-20001116#issue-361>http://www.w3.
org/WAI/UA/2000/11/minutes-20001116#issue-361

and the further discussion afer the F2F because that has progressed beyond the
point we reached in the meeting.

<http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-ua/2000OctDec/thread.html#332>
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-ua/2000OctDec/thread.html#332

Al

PS:  Please count this as discharging my action item to respond to Phill on
Issue Number 362.


At 08:09 PM 2000-11-13 -0500, you wrote:
>Checkpoint 4.14 Allow the user to configure synthesized voice gender,
>pitch, pitch range, stress, richness, and control of spelling, punctuation,
>and number processing according to the full range of values offered by the
>speech synthesizer. P2.
>
>The list of options is too long and if all are supported at the same time
>will add complexity and confusion to the user.  Complexity and ease-of use
>needs to be considered.  For example:
>
>1. Gender and Age settings are a superset of pitch, stress, and richness.
>It would be complex and confusing to try to allow both settings.
>
>2.  Spelling and punctuation is simple.
>
>3.  Number processing is complex and dependent on the synthesizer.
>Exposing a UI to the users would not add to the capability of the
>synthesizer.
>
>Regards,
>Phill Jenkins
>IBM Research Division - Accessibility Center
>  
Received on Wednesday, 13 December 2000 14:03:39 GMT

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