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Call to decide a W3C pronunciation standard set for the 29th

From: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2020 12:57:33 -0400
To: public-pronunciation@w3.org
Message-ID: <20200720165733.GB136002@rednote.net>

Dear Pronunciation Task Force Colleagues:

The following email was just sent as follow to our invitation for a
special Pronunciation call to finalize our technical approach ...

Dear Colleagues:

For those recieving this invitation for the first time -- You may recall that the Pronunciation Task Force in W3C/WAI s been working toward defining a normative specification to allow web content developers to reliably specify the correct pronunciation of a span of content for users who rely on TTS across platform and browser environments. We have now reached a pivotal point in our work where we need to decide between one of two candidate markup approaches.

We are inviting your participation in a one-hour teleconference to close on the technical approach we will adopt and promote to a W3C standard for pronunciation. This call will be held on the Zoom teleconference platform as follows:

Date:	Wednesday 29 July
Time:	10:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time

You can confirm the correct time in your locale at this link:


Zoom Meeting:	991 5957 0110
Password:	975752
Direct URI:	https://mit.zoom.us/j/99159570110?pwd=aGpKWlh1NmxlVFl2UWk2QVR1NVdGQT09

IRC is used at W3C for taking minutes and managing other aspects of our
work. Those details are:

IRC Server:	irc.w3.org
Channel		#pronunciation

IMPORTANT:	We are open to holding a second meeting for those of you
who may be unable to participate on this date. Please respond to this
email either way. We are committed to hearing your views before moving
forward with a W3C specification. Also, please feel free to forward this
invitation to others in your organization you believe should
participate--and please cc janina@rednote.net so that we can send
appropriate reminders ahead of this, and any second call.


While our Task Force has previously surveyed (and successfully implemented) an attribute approach model, we have not yet reached consensus that this model is preferable to an in line SSML approach.  Since W3C process requires we achieve consensus among stakeholders on the approach we propose for standardization, we would like to revisit the arguments for and against each approach one more time with our key stakeholders in order to reach a group consensus on the best approach for controlling pronunciation from TTS engines in those situations where unambiguously correct pronunciation can be critical to end users.

To refresh on our work the following documents will be helpful:

Explainer: https://www.w3.org/TR/pronunciation-explainer/

Additional background documents (including a Gap Analysis) available on our Pronunciation Task Force Home Page:


Thanking you in advance,

Irfan Ali,Facilitator
Pronunciation Task Force

Janina Sajka & Becky Gibson, Co-Chairs
Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)


Janina Sajka

Linux Foundation Fellow
Executive Chair, Accessibility Workgroup:	http://a11y.org

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Co-Chair, Accessible Platform Architectures	http://www.w3.org/wai/apa
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