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Re: proposal for gender attribute on spoken media

From: Peter Beverloo <peter@lvp-media.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2010 16:02:55 +0200
Message-ID: <AANLkTil1vmCz1jxbT5K6cUIj7jMhEV5lTPKEsY7nF047@mail.gmail.com>
To: Eitan Adler <lists@eitanadler.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 04:03, Eitan Adler <lists@eitanadler.com> wrote:
> I'd like to see some method telling screen readers whether certain
> text is meant to be spoken with a male or a female voice.
> This is useful not only in dialog or quotes (where the gender of the
> speaker would the one chosen) but also for personal blog (where you
> would choose your own gender).
> Although I've been reading this list for a while this is my email. If
> I missed something please let me know.
> --
> Eitan Adler

The CSS 3 Speech Module[1] defines the voice-family property, which
allows you to select either a male or a female voice. The only browser
to implement parts of the specification is Opera, and only on Windows
XP as the operating system. Even though the specification does state
that it is intended to offer a better alternative to screen readers, I
imagine that it could be a possibility for screen-readers to base
their output upon the style definitions.

Peter Beverloo

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-speech/#voice-family
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS2/aural.html
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