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Re: interpretation please, ssml

From: Andrew Thompson <lordpixel@mac.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 08:43:38 -0400
Message-Id: <147850E3-E226-11D8-9D1D-000A27D7D9DC@mac.com>
Cc: www-voice@w3.org
To: David.Pawson@rnib.org.uk

Given a document with lang=fr I'd expect the Synthesizer speaking the 
document to switch to French mode, yes.
With most synthesizers I'm familiar with this would involve loading a 
French voice, and naturally a French lexicon, if one is available.

Where you're likely to see limitations is if you start producing 
complex XML with lang=en on one element and lang=fr on the next and 
lang=es on another. Some synthesizers are limited in how quickly they 
can switch voices and may limit you to the sentence, paragraph or 
document level fpr language switches. In the Java Speech API 2.0 a 
failure to switch will be reported as an error, I believe.

This presupposes the synthesizer has French, Spanish & English voices 
available to it, of course.


On Jul 30, 2004, at 3:05 AM, David.Pawson@rnib.org.uk wrote:

>     SSML does not define pronunciations of individual words --
> Noted, and not expected.
>     that would be handled via an external lexicon.  I take it
>     that the processor you're using is not giving you the
>     pronunciation you would like?
> My issue is the XML one. I guess basically is a word using
> ncr's from outside a-zA-Z expected to be pronounced when the word
> is in use, defined by being in current dictionaries?
>   If the word was found in a piece of text in xml:lang='fr' then I'd
> be upset if it wasn't pronounced correctly. Where is the boundary 
> please?
> Should I have any expectations, or is this 'implementation defined'.
> regards DaveP
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