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Re: [css3-speech][ISSUE-271] “neutral” voice

From: Sebastian Zartner <sebastianzartner@gmx.de>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 06:55:19 +0200
Message-ID: <20120724045519.257630@gmx.net>
To: Jon Rimmer <jon.rimmer@gmail.com>, www-style@w3.org
To me 'neutral' in this case means a voice you just can't distinguish if it's male or female. It doesn't mean that it should be robotic. I believe people prefer human-like voices instead of artificial voices.

Sebastian

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> Datum: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:45:50 +1000
> Von: Jon Rimmer <jon.rimmer@gmail.com>
> An: www-style@w3.org
> Betreff: Re: [css3-speech][ISSUE-271] “neutral” voice

> On 24/07/2012 11:45 AM, fantasai wrote:
> > On 07/23/2012 05:51 PM, Jon Rimmer wrote:
> >
> >> If it were the former, the speech engine would default to a male
> >> voice, but if it were the latter, it would use a distorted or
> >> robotic voice.
> >
> > Or maybe just raise the pitch to a more neutral range. I doubt
> > 'neutral' is intended to mean "inhuman". :)
> 
> That's what I thought, but when I looked at the Java speech API, I found 
> that it documents the GENDER_NEUTRAL constant as "Neutral voice that is 
> neither male or female (for example, artificial voices, robotic 
> voices)." [1]. Microsoft's .NET API doesn't provide any detail [2]. 
> It'll depend on the implementation of the speech synthesis I suppose, 
> but it seems possible some may use novelty voices if that's what's 
> installed and available.
> 
> It's worth nothing that both APIs define a separate "no preference" 
> option as well, so an auto value would seem to be required.
> 
> [1] 
> http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E17802_01/products/products/java-media/speech/forDevelopers/jsapi-doc/javax/speech/synthesis/Voice.html#GENDER_NEUTRAL
> [2] 
> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.speech.synthesis.voicegender.aspx<http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms586874.aspx>
> 
> 
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