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Re: phonetic markup

From: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 10:59:23 -0500 ()
To: Masafumi NAKANE/中根雅文 <max@wide.ad.jp>
cc: jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU, w3c-wai-hc@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.WNT.3.95.971119104836.-159111F-100000@hazel.hpl.hp.com>

For those of you who weren't able to attend my talk on
speech synthesis at the WAI meeting in Austin last week
I have copied the slides to the server at:


Note that I believe W3C should be aiming for high quality
speech synthesis which is able to cope with things like:

 - in French you can change an assertion into a question
   by a raising emphasis at the end of the sentence.

 - speaking in a louder and quicker voice indicates
   increased excitement or even anger

Subtle control over emphasis is lacking in IPA. Furthermore
attempts to represent IPA in ASCII include characters such
as " and ' which can make it harder to express using HTML
or XML attributes.

I am interested in easier to write notations similar to those
commonly used in regular dictionaries. These are language specific,
but then so are the pronunciation dictionaries being extended.
Perhaps a language/culture independent represetation such as
being proposed for Java by Sun is also needed. This could be
harder to write -- Sun's uses XML.


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Received on Wednesday, 19 November 1997 11:02:44 UTC

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