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Re: Vowel Epenthesis and Audiograms

From: Baggia Paolo <Paolo.Baggia@LOQUENDO.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005 15:27:32 +0100
To: www-voice@w3.org
Cc: Baggia Paolo <Paolo.Baggia@LOQUENDO.COM>
Message-id: <A73E22CA0DFFDC48AB261C5BE8A219222DB084@EXC05A.cselt.it>

Dear Harvey Bingham and other contributors,

There has been a wide discussion on this list of your proposal
of taking care of "Vowel Ephentesis" in PLS specification.

Firstly I'd like to thank you and other contributors for the
helpful comments. This was an area I was not familiar,
but it is important for Accessibility reasons and it seems
a very good requirement for moving TTS specifications
one step ahead.

I tend to agree with Al Gilman and Dave Pawson that
this issue is more pertinent to  SSML specification as
a whole, not for the PLS that is used mainly for exceptions,
for instance speaking proper names, locations, acronyms,

It seems to me that those kind of rules for enhancing the
intelligibility should apply after the "Text-to-phoneme
conversion" (see Section 1.2 of SSML - 
http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/REC-speech-synthesis-20040907/ -
for general steps of a TTS) so that all the content to be
rendered by TTS may take advantage of this technique.
It should be a kind of a special mode of reading to be 
selected by SSML language.

I'll help the VB group to process this interesting
requirement as soon as the work on SSML will be continued.

Many thanks,
Paolo Baggia,
editor of Pronunciation Lexicon Specification

Gruppo Telecom Italia - Direzione e coordinamento di Telecom Italia S.p.A.

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