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Re: [css3-speech] voice-family

From: Daniel Weck <daniel.weck@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2011 20:54:51 +0100
Cc: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Message-Id: <3F09266C-5077-43F1-B7A2-85832382D25B@gmail.com>
To: "www-style@w3.org style" <www-style@w3.org>
Please have a look at the updated prose:

http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css3-speech/#voice-props-voice-family



On 6 Jul 2011, at 20:20, Daniel Weck wrote:

> Another point to consider is that children's voices often sound very  
> feminine. So when the author's preference is "male 10 year old", a  
> reasonable system match for the specified voice characteristics may  
> well be "Lucy: female [20-45] years old".
> /Daniel
>
> On 6 Jul 2011, at 20:10, Daniel Weck wrote:
>
>> On 6 Jul 2011, at 18:20, fantasai wrote:
>>>> Since we explicitly leave the matching algorithm up to the  
>>>> synthesizer it
>>>> might even be necessary to write something like:
>>>>
>>>> voice-family: 60 male, 60 female, 30 male, 30 female;
>>>>
>>>> The intent here is to prefer a mature male voice if one is  
>>>> available, with
>>>> a mature female next, followed by an adult male etcetera.  
>>>> Essentially trying
>>>> prioritize age over gender.
>>>
>>> What happens if I have a male voice that's 55 years old? Do I use  
>>> that, or
>>> fall back to 60-year-old female?
>>
>> Well, a concrete voice instance available on the user's system is  
>> likely to support an age range. So your example would actually be  
>> more accurate as such: I have a "male voice suitable for 40-50  
>> years old", which would not get selected based on the author's  
>> criteria "60 male" (nor would it based on any of the other author- 
>> provided alternatives).
>>
>> So I think we are missing prose similar to font-family for defining  
>> the mapping between a generic voice-family and "best-match"  
>> candidates on the user's system:
>>
>> ---
>> User agents should provide reasonable default choices for the  
>> generic font families, which express the characteristics of each  
>> family as well as possible within the limits allowed by the  
>> underlying technology.
>> User agents are encouraged to allow users to select alternative  
>> choices for the generic fonts.
>>
>> ---
>>
>> http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/fonts.html#generic-font-families
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
> Daniel Weck
> daniel.weck@gmail.com
>
>
>

Daniel Weck
daniel.weck@gmail.com
Received on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 19:55:31 GMT

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