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SSML 1.1 January 2008 meeting summary

From: Dan Burnett <dburnett@voxeo.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2008 17:27:57 -0500
Message-Id: <256911E7-E5B2-4876-8211-1CF8E2CF9F71@voxeo.com>
To: www-voice@w3.org

The SSML subgroup of the Voice Browser Working Group held its eighth  
meeting by teleconference on January 15-17, 2008.  The meeting  
included attendees by IBM, iFlyTek, France Telecom, Loquendo, and Voxeo.

The primary goals of this meeting were to review and address any  
outstanding change requests, review and address any comments from  
public reviewers of the fourth Working Draft, to make progress on the  
Pronunciation Alphabet Registry, and to prepare for the Last Call  
Working Draft.

We clarified that marks used in the new "startmark" and "endmark"  
attributes of <speak> must be unique within the document; also, to be  
consistent with the other attributes of <prosody>, the effect of the  
<prosody> "duration" attribute now applies clearly only to text  
content.  We reverted the name of the registry to be the  
"Pronunciation Alphabet Registry" and after discussion with W3C  
leaders decided that IANA would be a better hosting entity than W3C.   
We reviewed our draft registration policy, including how one would  
request a new registry entry and the information that needs to be  
stored in the registry.  We expect to do more review over the next  

We confirmed that the <audio> element will have a "speed" attribute  
and no "pitchcorrect" attribute but made some minor wording changes  
to ensure that future pitch control attributes could be added without  

We are now having weekly teleconferences to work on issues that arise  
and to track progress on the remaining IR assertions and tests.

We expect to publish a Last Call Working Draft of the specification  
before our next meeting.

Our next meeting will be held in Beijing, China, from April 22-24.

Daniel C. Burnett and 双志伟 (Zhi Wei Shuang)
Co-chairs, Speech Synthesis Subgroup, VBWG
Received on Saturday, 2 February 2008 05:00:59 UTC

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