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Re: [Editorial] Re-align speech checkpoint with CSS2 terminology

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2001 00:11:25 -0500
Message-Id: <200103180449.XAA6698771@smtp2.mail.iamworld.net>
To: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Cc: tvraman@almaden.ibm.com
At 11:27 PM 2001-03-16 -0500, Ian Jacobs wrote:
>In the 9 March 2001 draft [1], checkpoints 4.13, 4.14, and 
>4.15 were birthed from checkpoint 4.13 of the 24 Feb draft [2].
>T.V. Raman pointed out to me that in doing so, we dropped the
>reference to the CSS2 specification of aural cascading style
>sheets [3]. He recommended that we return to using
>the terminology of the CSS2 specification.
>I propose to re-adopt the CSS2 terminology as follows:
>For checkpoint 4.15:
>  speech-rate and voice-family
>For checkpoint 4.14:
>  pitch, pitch-range, stress, and richness
>For checkpoint 4.15
> speak (in particular the 'spell-out' value),
> speak-numeral, and speak-punctuaion
>Please let me know whether this grouping of the CSS properties
>corresponds to your expectations of the checkpoints as written:
>4.13 Allow configuration of speech characteristics according 
>     to the full range of values offered by the
>     speech synthesizer.
>4.14 Allow configuration of speech prosody (i.e., pitch, 
>     pitch range, stress, and richness).

AG::  Suggest rewording this one something like the following:

Allow configuration to adjust the pitch, pitch range, stress and richness of
the speaking voice.
[end proposal]

If the scope of the requirement (in this checkpoint) is these four voice
characteristics, just list them.  They don't need a "one name fits all"
category name.  And 'prosody' doesn't really fit.  The term 'prosody' usually
refers to the time-varying contour of voice properties such as pitch and
stress, not the general characteristics of the speaking voice.  In particular
one thinks of prosody as the different patterns of vocal inflection used for
asking questions vs. giving orders, etc.  This is not exactly what is
here.  We just want to change the voice.


>4.15 Provide support for user-defined extensions to the 
>    speech dictionary, spell-versus-say functionality, 
>    number read-out functionality, and punctuation read-out 
>    functionality. 
>Thank you,
> - Ian
>P.S. I think this is editorial.
>[3] <http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS2/aural>http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS2/aural
>Ian Jacobs (jacobs@w3.org)  
>Tel:                         +1 831 457-2842
>Cell:                        +1 917 450-8783
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