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Re: Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) 1.1 is a W3C Recommendation

From: Innovimax W3C <innovimax+w3c@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2010 19:21:45 +0200
Message-ID: <AANLkTinecZS4DdA0sVLmbbNKJYRWGgbccUT15awm0irj@mail.gmail.com>
To: Kazuyuki Ashimura <ashimura@w3.org>
Cc: www-voice@w3.org
Congratulations for the very good job

Let me just remind you of two things

1) To not forget the work item of providing Relax NG and/or NVDL for SSML
markup
2) http://www.w3.org/TR/speech-synthesis/ still points to 1.0 which is sad
since we have no clue that 1.1 is now a REC and superceedes 1.0

Best regards,

Mohamed ZERGAOUI

On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 7:02 PM, Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org> wrote:

> Dear Advisory Committee Representative,
>
> It is my pleasure to announce that "Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML)
> Version 1.1" is a W3C Recommendation:
>   http://www.w3.org/TR/2010/REC-speech-synthesis11-20100907/
>
> The vast majority of the Members who responded to the Call for Review of
> the Proposed Recommendation [1] supported the specification as is and agreed
> to its publication as a W3C Recommendation without changes. One reviewer
> suggested several editorial changes and clarifications, and is satisfied
> with the group's resolution.
>
> After reviewing the comment and response, the Director approved the
> publication of the document as a W3C Recommendation.
>
> Please join us in congratulating the Voice Browser Working Group [2] on
> this achievement.
>
> This announcement follows section 8.1.2 [3] of the W3C Process Document.
>
> For Tim Berners-Lee, Director,
> Philipp Hoschka, Ubiquitous Web Domain Leader, and
> Kazuyuki Ashimura, Voice Browser Activity Lead;
> Ian Jacobs, Head of W3C Communications
>
> [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/w3c-ac-members/2010JanMar/0035
> [2] http://www.w3.org/Voice/
> [3] http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/acreview#ACReviewAfter
>
> ===================================================================
> Quoting from
> Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) Version 1.1
> W3C Recommendation 7 September 2010
> ===================================================================
>
> This version:
>   http://www.w3.org/TR/2010/REC-speech-synthesis11-20100907/
> Latest version:
>   http://www.w3.org/TR/speech-synthesis11/
> Previous version:
>   http://www.w3.org/TR/2010/PR-speech-synthesis11-20100223/
>
> Editors:
>   Daniel C. Burnett, Voxeo (formerly of Vocalocity and Nuance)
>   ˫־ΰ (Zhi Wei Shuang), IBM
>
> Authors:
>   Paolo Baggia, Loquendo
>   Paul Bagshaw, France Telecom
>   Michael Bodell, Microsoft
>   Ƶ (De Zhi Huang), France Telecom
>   ¥ (Lou Xiaoyan), Toshiba
>   Scott McGlashan, HP
>   ս (Jianhua Tao), Chinese Academy of Sciences
>   Ͼ (Yan Jun), iFLYTEK
>    (Hu Fang) (until 20 October 2009 while an Invited Expert)
>    (Yongguo Kang) (until 5 December 2007 while at Panasonic Corporation)
>    (Helen Meng) (until 29 July 2009 while at Chinese University of Hong
> Kong)
>   ϼ (Wang Xia) (until 30 October 2006 while at Nokia)
>   ĺ (Xia Hairong) (until 2 August 2006 while at Panasonic Corporation)
>   ־ (Zhiyong Wu) (until 29 July 2009 while at Chinese University of Hong
> Kong)
>
> Abstract
> --------
>
> The Voice Browser Working Group has sought to develop standards to
> enable access to the Web using spoken interaction. The Speech
> Synthesis Markup Language Specification is one of these standards and
> is designed to provide a rich, XML-based markup language for assisting
> the generation of synthetic speech in Web and other applications. The
> essential role of the markup language is to provide authors of
> synthesizable content a standard way to control aspects of speech such
> as pronunciation, volume, pitch, rate, etc. across different
> synthesis-capable platforms.
>
> Status of This Document [excerpts]
> -----------------------------------
>
> This is the Recommendation of "Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML)
> Version 1.1". It has been produced by the Voice Browser Working Group,
> which is part of the Voice Browser Activity.
>
> Comments are welcome on www-voice@w3.org (archive). See W3C mailing
> list and archive usage guidelines.
>
> The design of SSML 1.1 has been widely reviewed (see the disposition
> of comments) and satisfies the Working Group's technical
> requirements. A list of implementations is included in the SSML 1.1
> Implementation Report, along with the associated test suite. The
> Working Group made a few editorial changes to the 23 February 2010
> Proposed Recommendation in response to comments. Changes from the
> Proposed Recommendation can be found in Appendix G. Also changes from
> SSML 1.0 including a note on backwards compatibility to SSML 1.0 can
> be found in Appendix F.
>
> This document enhances SSML 1.0 [SSML] to provide better support for a
> broader set of natural (human) languages. To determine in what ways,
> if any, SSML is limited by its design with respect to supporting
> languages that are in large commercial or emerging markets for speech
> synthesis technologies but for which there was limited or no
> participation by either native speakers or experts during the
> development of SSML 1.0, the W3C held three workshops on the
> Internationalization of SSML. The first workshop [WS], in Beijing,
> PRC, in October 2005, focused primarily on Chinese, Korean, and
> Japanese languages, and the second [WS2], in Crete, Greece, in May
> 2006, focused primarily on Arabic, Indian, and Eastern European
> languages. The third workshop [WS3], in Hyderabad, India, in January
> 2007, focused heavily on Indian and Middle Eastern
> languages. Information collected during these workshops was used to
> develop a requirements document [REQS11]. Changes from SSML 1.0 are
> motivated by these requirements.
>
> This document has been reviewed by W3C Members, by software
> developers, and by other W3C groups and interested parties, and is
> endorsed by the Director as a W3C Recommendation. It is a stable
> document and may be used as reference material or cited from another
> document. W3C's role in making the Recommendation is to draw attention
> to the specification and to promote its widespread deployment. This
> enhances the functionality and interoperability of the Web.
>
> This document was produced by a group operating under the 5 February
> 2004 W3C Patent Policy. W3C maintains a public list of any patent
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> --
> Ian Jacobs (ij@w3.org)    http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs/
> Tel:                                      +1 718 260 9447
>
>
>
>


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