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RE: Jumbotext - A New Feature to WWW

From: Joris Dobbelsteen <joris.dobbelsteen@mail.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 19:58:37 +0200
To: "WWW WG (E-mail)" <www-talk@w3.org>
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Isn't it a better way to speak the entire sentence and now the next problem:
how to pronounce a word: the same word (writing) may be differently

There is some software implemented in Windows (2000 has it), a Speech API (I
think it's a free one (?)) that works quite well. It also speaks out all (or
most) word correctly in sentences...
Maybe that is available on other systems, but I suppose this will be more a
browser-depend feature, since sending a speach description of the entire
document will take to much time and is way to difficult todo for every page
on every server. I hope that this function will not be limited to some

The biggest problem is the need for speech modules for every language or
group of languagues. Maybe (as the Speech API in Windows 2000 supports) a
"Natural-language" Speech module is enough for every language that we
currently have.

What we can do better is to promote and ensure correct implementation of the
Content-Language headers in HTTP and HTML.

Now since not everybody has a Speech system and newer and better modules
most likely will come out all the time (if they will be developed for public
free use) we need the technology to keep the speech system up to date, even
as the proposed translation system, what will be nice for future
implemenations of browsers.


My oppinion is not to implement the speech technology as a special
attribute, but rather as a public, common-use technology that may even be
available for word processors and much more products, however it will fall
out of range of this scope, and will close a lot of companies developing
these tools...

Maybe worth the discussion.....


Joris Dobbelsteen
Received on Monday, 3 July 2000 13:58:50 UTC

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