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Re: [html4all] HTML5 Alternative Text, and Authoring Tools

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 00:02:13 +0300
Cc: "Matt Morgan-May" <mattmay@adobe.com>, "HTML Working Group" <public-html@w3.org>, "W3C WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Message-Id: <A2701714-C73B-4B2A-9860-F03D0E34C2FE@iki.fi>
To: "Gez Lemon" <gez.lemon@gmail.com>

On May 14, 2008, at 23:57, Gez Lemon wrote:

>> Whether the speech synthesis is dictionary based is not the point.  
>> The
>> point is, can a screen reader reasonable have *a* dictionary for  
>> its speech
>> language. In many cases, the platform provides spell checking, so a  
>> screen
>> reader could test if a string spell checks successfully to make a  
>> guess if
>> speaking it will be any good.
> Spell checkers often don't have words in their vocabulary that are
> legitimate words. What do you suggest happens when a screen reader
> encounters a word that it doesn't have in its dictionary? Ignore it?

If it is in an src value, then yes, ignore it in the sense of not  
reading it--at least by default. That seems like a better strategy  
than trying to speak any src, including those that turn out to be e.g.  
GUIDs instead of words.

Henri Sivonen
Received on Wednesday, 14 May 2008 21:03:01 UTC

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