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Comments on SSML 1.1 Last Call

From: Cain, Sally <sally.cain@rnib.org.uk>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2008 15:32:01 +0100
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 Hi all,

Here are some comments from the RNIB reviewers on SSML 1.1. It has 
been reviewed collectively by people in our production department, 
but also someone in our Centre for Accessible Information who also 
works with DAISY books. They have had limited time to review it, so 
hopefully the feedback is useful.

Production Dept
"It seems like a good standard and seems well thrashed out. Due to
the sheer amount of information contained in the document it is
difficult to digest in such a short space of time so I have only
been able to skim through it. As such it is difficult to comment on
but all the areas I was looking for seem to be covered. I think
many areas will only become apparent to us after we have had more
time to discuss the specification or during testing (should we wish
to evaluate this in the future)."

Sarah Home - Centre for Accessible Information
"I am happy that I think it has all the main needs in there - I'm 
really pleased to see the ability to swap voices (which will be 
great for plays etc) and also the ability to add non-voice elements 
- such as sound effects.I like the idea of being able to 
automatically call on another synthetic voice engine if the one you 
are using can't pronounce the words - if for example you've got 
some foreign language in your English leisure read - rather than 
English Daniel trying to cope with German dialogue, a better voice 
(if present on your machine of course!) will be found to read that 
bit - maybe German Gustav?"

RNIB hope to look at SSML 1.1 further in the future.

thanks
Sally

Sally Cain
Digital Accessibility Development Officer, RNIB
Member of Protocal and Formats Working Group


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