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Re: [css3-speech] “neutral” voice

From: Jens O. Meiert <jens@meiert.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:00:27 -0700
Message-ID: <CAJ0g8QQXPDeNY83ejSatBVbwu8JiK0NruLgnNGb+OBqx-9Vx+Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: Daniel Weck <daniel.weck@gmail.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
> 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".

To me it seems the problem boils down to the fact that, per common
understanding, only humans speak, and that humans have a gender. I can
see why we would extend the spec to include machines having voices too
but I wonder whether such a voice wouldn’t inevitably be compared
against a human voice, and hence either be perceived male or female.

This may not be the most scientific of problem descriptions but
somehow this looks to me as if there isn’t really such thing as a
neutral voice. Or that “neutral” as a voice family needs to either be
there “politically,” to maintain the idea of a neutral voice, or to
indicate no preference (for which “auto” may be more appropriate).

Perhaps I just lack imagination though.

Jens O. Meiert
Received on Tuesday, 24 July 2012 17:01:22 UTC

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