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Re: We should reach out to the Epub Group ASAP

From: Hakkinen, Mark T <mhakkinen@ets.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2021 13:24:27 +0000
To: John Foliot <john@foliot.ca>, Pronunciation Task Force <public-pronunciation@w3.org>
Message-ID: <5E5C43DD-224F-4D13-970A-A120F4E02086@ets.org>
EPUB has had this capability for some time, and it is referenced in the Gap analysis.  They use a namespaced pair of attributes for phoneme support.  Adoption has been low to date (not supported in reading systems, but used in some tool chains, notably in Japan). If I recall correctly, we did meet with the DPUB group already.  One of the ideas that came out of that meeting was to seek implementation of the technical approach in the Thorium open source Epub reader.   But agree, getting formal comment from EPUB is a good idea.

From: John Foliot <john@foliot.ca>
Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 at 9:10 AM
To: Pronunciation Task Force <public-pronunciation@w3.org>
Subject: We should reach out to the Epub Group ASAP
Resent-From: <public-pronunciation@w3.org>
Resent-Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 at 9:10 AM

Hi All,

As I'm sure most of you know, I have a new contract that is focused around accessible epub generation. Because of that, I've also now applied to be a part of the Epub 3 WG (as an Invited Expert - Janina, we should chat w.r.t. APA involvement).

In chatting with Ivan Herman (W3C staff contact for that WG), he noted that the Epub folks were working on the same problem we're attempting to solve. See here: https://w3c.github.io/epub-specs/epub33/tts/#ssml<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fw3c.github.io%2Fepub-specs%2Fepub33%2Ftts%2F%23ssml&data=04%7C01%7Cmhakkinen%40ets.org%7C11701a99f3d145c321bb08d937da8cb0%7C0ba6e9b760b34fae92f37e6ddd9e9b65%7C0%7C0%7C637602234511817951%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=Ai8HcnIUXB%2B79y%2FGgSeJMe8aD26C7hx0DHDRLK5HNS4%3D&reserved=0>

Ivan noted that he was recently made aware of our work, but it strikes me we should be aligning ourselves with them (or vice-versa - whatever...), and I propose we formally ask that at a minimum they comment on our draft, and perhaps there may be some value in a joint teleconference as well (?)


John Foliot | Senior Industry Specialist, Digital Accessibility
"I made this so long because I did not have time to make it shorter." - Pascal "links go places, buttons do things"


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