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Re: How to associate IPA pronunciations with HTML or EPUB resources?

From: Markus Gylling <markus.gylling@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:24:36 +0200
Cc: public-digipub-ig@w3.org
Message-Id: <F12418E5-957D-413A-B5B4-B8894251AA9E@gmail.com>
To: James Craig <jcraig@apple.com>
Hi James, 
For PLS, EPUB 3 uses link @rel=pronunciation [1]. That value is still in proposed state on the microformats wiki (just like it was in 2011 when EPUB adopted it…). [2]

Note that EPUB also defines two SSML attributes [3] for local overrides of the PLS rules, or for use standalone without a backing PLS. These are used for example to allow homonym disambiguation which is something PLS does not cover. (As a sidenote: as these attributes are XML namespaced, IDPF is thinking about ways of getting them redefined in serialization agnostic form, perhaps as hyphen-spaced attrs in an HTML5 extension specification.) 

We don’t have firm implementation data. I think it is fair to say these are very rarely implemented so far in EPUB land. I heard last week that the SSML attributes are used in EPUBs in Japan, but don’t have details as to exactly by whom and how much. 

[1] http://www.idpf.org/epub/301/spec/epub-contentdocs.html#sec-pls
[2] http://microformats.org/wiki/rel-pronunciation
[3] http://www.idpf.org/epub/301/spec/epub-contentdocs.html#sec-xhtml-ssml-attrib

hth, /markus

> On 15 Oct 2015, at 11:47, James Craig <jcraig@apple.com> wrote:
> What is the recommended approach for linking IPA pronunciations to a resource like HTML or EPUB? 
> I presume one could use a PLS lexicon resource list in an SSML document. Would this XML file be associated through a <link> element in the HTML <head>? If so, what should the @rel value be? Are there other recommended ways to associate word or partial word pronunciations? 
> Are there any existing implementation in browsers?
> Thanks in advance,
> James
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