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

From: Gez Lemon <gez.lemon@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 21:57:45 +0100
Message-ID: <e2a28a920805141357s3330ff42x55cc4cd4b2eaa33f@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Henri Sivonen" <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Cc: "Matt Morgan-May" <mattmay@adobe.com>, "HTML Working Group" <public-html@w3.org>, "W3C WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>

On 14/05/2008, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi> wrote:
> On May 14, 2008, at 23:33, Gez Lemon wrote:
> > That isn't how screen readers work. Screen readers work by converting
> > text into phonemes that they can then synthesise and output to the
> > user. This approach is obviously a lot quicker and more flexible than
> > containing a static list of dictionary entries.
> >
>  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?


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