Re: [PLS1.0] i18n comment: Add lang="it"

Issue R103-9
>From Richard Ishida (2006-03-21):

Proposed Classification: Clarification / Typo / Editorial 

Resolution: Reject

In this example, a TTS synthesizer is rendering the text using the voice
of an American English speaker (xml:lang="en-US"). The SSML
specification contains the following warning about changing the language
indication in midsentence [1]: 

[[ xml:lang is a defined attribute for the voice, speak, p, and s
elements. For vocal rendering, a language change can have an effect on
various other parameters (including gender, speed, age, pitch, etc.)
which may be disruptive to the listener. There might even be unnatural
breaks between language shifts. For this reason authors are encouraged
to use the voice element to change the language. xml:lang is permitted
on p and s only because it is common to change the language at those
levels. ]]

and continues: 

[[ Specifying xml:lang does not imply a change in voice, though this may
indeed occur. When a given voice is unable to speak content in the
indicated language, a new voice may be selected by the processor. 
To avoid a potential incongruity, the language change was not indicated
in this example. ]]

If you believe that the language in the SSML 1.0 specification differs
in intent from the xml:lang definition in the XML 1.0 specification [2],
the Voice Browser Working Group is currently collecting requirements for
SSML 1.1. 


Paolo Baggia, editor PLS spec.

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Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 17:38:17 +0000
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Comment from the i18n review of:

Comment 9
Editorial/substantive: E
Owner: RI
Location in reviewed document:
1.1, example

We expected an xml:lang attribute around the phrase "La vita e' bella".

Gruppo Telecom Italia - Direzione e coordinamento di Telecom Italia S.p.A.

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