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Speech Synthesis Markup Language Version 1.0

From: <DPawson@rnib.org.uk>
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2002 08:22:10 -0000
Message-ID: <9B66BBD37D5DD411B8CE00508B69700F024A7EB0@pborolocal.rnib.org.uk>
To: www-voice@w3.org

Having reviewed the above document, please note it covers 
all our (RNIB's) usage of Speech Synthesis, with the exception of
1. Generating a silence.
   Although this could be done using an 'empty' external file,
   The cleanliness of the generated silence is rarely as good as
   an automatically generated one.
Rationale: For later, automatic processing of synthetic speech,
 usually for alignment with text.

2. Re the external 'words' file.
   Although the lexicon has been included, we have found that our lexicon
   has grown to some hundreds of words. It is tedious to have to repeatedly
   enter the <say-as> content each time. If we could refer to the lexicon,
   effectively saying <lexit>Word-to-be-pronounced-differently</lexit> i.e.
   please use the pronunciation I told you about last time, then this would
   save labour. (I'm not assuming a lexicon available to the synth
externally,
   which could be a viable alternative, since Laureate is the only one I've
used
   which had a comprehensive lexicon facility).

   So yes, please allow not the <lexicon> element, but some reference to it,
elsewhere.



Regards DaveP.
AC RNIB.

(Still looking for an implementation Dave).


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