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Correct media for Aural CSS

From: Jordan Clark <clarky_y2k@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2011 18:13:47 +0000
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To: <www-style@w3.org>

Hi everyone,

I am writing to this list to make an enquiry regarding aural style sheets, particularly their media type. I have already posted this question over on the CSS Validator mailing list [1], but feel that this list is a more appropriate place to ask.

Basically, my question is: which is the preferred media type for aural CSS *at present*: aural or speech?

It seems like a straightforward question, but the most up-to-date and authoritative document, the CSS 2.1 Specification [2], (I think at least) is quite ambiguous on this matter:

“This means that a style sheet such as [‘speech’ example code] is valid, but that its meaning is not defined by CSS 2.1, while [‘aural’ example code] is deprecated, but defined by this appendix.”

The CSS3 Speech Module [3] does state that 'speech' is the preferred media type for future use, but as this document is still has a status of Working Draft, which I thought were not authoritative documents.

So, in a nutshell, if I wanted to create a valid CSS 2.1 aural style sheet *today*, preferably forwards-compatible with CSS3, which is the correct/best media type to use?

I would be very grateful if someone could help to clear this up!


Jordan Clark

Website: http://www.jdclark.org
E-mail:   mail@jdclark.org


[1]          http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-validator-css/2011Nov/0001.html
[2]          http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/aural.html#aural-media-group
[3]          http://www.w3.org/TR/2011/WD-css3-speech-20110818

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