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Re: [css3-speech] 'speakability' property name

From: Andrew Thompson <lordpixel@mac.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 08:21:41 -0400
Message-id: <1F99A67C-59AF-468A-A57B-0225CE6AF452@mac.com>
Cc: W3C style mailing list <www-style@w3.org>
To: Daniel Weck <daniel.weck@gmail.com>
You're correct, use of this invented  word is ugly. 

This is tricky because in an ideal world I think speakability would in fact be speak (as in speak: none or speak: auto) and the existing speak property would work well if it were called pronunciation (pronunciation: normal, pronunciation: spell-out). Still no chance of that now. 

'Speaking' doesn't work because it's the present participle of a verb (gerund) and you need a noun construct like speaking-style or an adjective for consistency. 

Some alternatives

On Apr 26, 2011, at 10:32 PM, Daniel Weck <daniel.weck@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello !
> I am not a native english speaker, so I would like to query your opinion about the 'speakability' property name [1]. A better alternative may be 'speaking', but I'm concerned about its juxtaposition with the existing 'speak' property, and the resulting potential misinterpretations.
> Note that although CSS3-Speech is directly "inspired" by SSML [2], the closest equivalent to the 'speak' CSS functionality is described in the "say-as attribute values" W3C Note [3]. I would however not recommend the use of "say-as" instead of 'speak', because in the case of CSS3-Speech, the feature scope is much more limited (in other words, using "say-as" would effectively be misleading).
> Regards, Daniel
> [1]
> http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css3-speech/#speaking-props
> [2]
> http://www.w3.org/TR/speech-synthesis/
> [3]
> http://www.w3.org/TR/ssml-sayas/
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