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

From: Jon Rimmer <jon.rimmer@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:52:56 +1000
Message-ID: <500E3838.5000807@gmail.com>
To: www-style@w3.org
On 24/07/2012 2:55 PM, Sebastian Zartner wrote:
> 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
Perhaps, but in a case like this, where there are existing speech 
synthesis APIs and screen-readers, there is no point speccing 'neutral' 
to mean 'a human-sounding voice of indeterminate gender' if that it is 
not what how they interpret it. It seems like we are paving the cowpaths 
somewhat here, and need to respect how the existing implementations 
behave, even if it isn't necessarily what we would prefer given a free-hand.

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