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Re: [speech] PLS Pronunciation Lexicons, link/rel support in HTML5

From: Daniel Weck <daniel.weck@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2011 11:59:40 +0000
Message-Id: <E16130D7-3DF9-4054-8635-FEDE95F7B2FE@gmail.com>
To: Dan Burnett <dburnett@voxeo.com>, EPUB WG <epub@openebook.org>, www-voice@w3.org, fantasai <fantasai@inkedblade.net>
Just a quick heads-up about this issue, which has now been filed by  
the Accessibility Task Force:

http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/HTML/wiki/Bugs/Bugs_Awaiting_A11yTF_Keyword_Decision#HTML5_Spec_Bugs_Awaiting_Decision

Regards, Daniel

On 2 Feb 2011, at 20:25, Daniel Weck wrote:

> Hi Daniel (CC to the EPUB and Voice-Browser working groups),
>
> I have reactivated this HTML5 issue [1] which proposes the adoption  
> of a "pronunciation" link/rel extension [2], in order to provide  
> first-class support for PLS pronunciation lexicons within HTML pages.
>
> In the upcoming v3.0 of EPUB [3], PLS files can be included at the  
> publication level (i.e. not on a per-HTML file basis), so EPUB  
> doesn't actually depend on this particular link/rel extension (it  
> relies only on the "application/pls+xml" MIME type).
>
> Based on Ian Hickson's comments in the W3C bug tracker, it seems  
> that a proposed "rel" extension gets accepted once the submitter can  
> prove that it is adopted:
>
> "You'll need to write a spec first, and demonstrate that people are  
> using the keyword. ... Please let us know once this keyword is  
> deployed, for reconsideration."
>
> Consequently, I am tempted to propose a small addition to the EPUB3  
> specification, so that XHTML5 documents in a publication can  
> reference PLS files, just like CSS files (providing they are  
> declared in the EPUB manifest, of course). EPUB would therefore  
> showcase a concrete adoption of the link/rel "pronunciation"  
> extension, which would help moving its status from "proposal" to  
> "accepted" in the HTML5 working group. I don't believe this is a  
> requirement for "rel" extensions to actually work, but it would be  
> nice to get official endorsement, especially given that this is  
> pretty much a critical issue with regards to content accessibility.
>
> Comments welcome.
> Regards, Daniel
>
> [1]
> http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=7601#c6
>
> [2]
> http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/RelExtensions
>
> [3]
> http://epub-revision.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/build/spec/epub30-overview.html#sec-tts

Daniel Weck
daniel.weck@gmail.com
Received on Saturday, 5 February 2011 12:00:16 GMT

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