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Re: [css3-speech] “neutral” voice

From: Sebastian Zartner <sebastianzartner@gmx.de>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 11:43:56 +0200
Cc: www-style@w3.org, jens@meiert.com
Message-ID: <20120724094356.148320@gmx.net>
To: Daniel Weck <daniel.weck@gmail.com>, jon.rimmer@gmail.com
> I have always interpreted the 'neutral' value as "if possible, pick a
> voice that doesn't sound male or female in an obvious manner. Note that 
> this may select a more robotic voice, or for example a human-sounding 
> stylised voice".

That is what I was thinking of.

> there is no point speccing 'neutral' to mean 'a human-sounding voice of 
> indeterminate gender' if that it is not what how they interpret it. It 
> seems like we are paving the cowpaths somewhat here, and need to respect 
> how the existing implementations behave, even if it isn't necessarily 
> what we would prefer given a free-hand.

Of course existing implementations have to be considered. So Daniel's interpretation sounds fine to me.
When speccing this I would just mention that a more human-sounding voice is is preferred over an artificial or robotic voice.

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