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RE: Speak-Punctuation (+spoken ruby)

From: Bert Bos <Bert.Bos@sophia.inria.fr>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 21:00:16 +0200 (MET DST)
To: www-style@w3.org
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Still cleaning my mailbox....

Garth Wallace writes:
> Maybe something like speak-as that would take a string
> containing only words (or possibly pronunciation symbols?
> I don't know if Unicode has those, though it seems to have
> everything else). Otherwise, changes would be required in
> HTML, XML, and probably stylesheets as well.

Yes, Unicode has the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) symbols.

The attribute with the pronunciation was, I believe, first suggested
by Dave Raggett, many years back. The people of the WAI (Web
Accessibility Initiative) have also been discussing it in some working
groups. (Type "phonetic" or some such in the W3C search engine to find
the e-mail threads.)

Dave is still working on the issue, in the context of the "voice
browser" activity of W3C. See http://www.w3.org/Voice/ (in particular
http://www.w3.org/Voice/Activity.html#role) and

> In a related topic, I noticed that in the International Layout
> WD, under Ruby, there is no mention of aural properties. I
> would assume that the ruby text and not the base would be
> spoken, since the ruby is there to show pronunciation
> anyway.

Yes, I would assume the same. Although maybe it should be an explicit
property: ruby | base | both.

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