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First Public Working Drafts: Pronunciation

September 5th, 2019

The Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group has published three First Public Working Drafts from the Pronunciation Task Force: Pronunciation User Scenarios, Pronunciation Use Cases, and Pronunciation Gap Analysis. These documents are a first step in defining normative specifications and best practices guidance for text to speech (TTS) synthesis to provide proper pronunciation of HTML content.

The Pronunciation User Scenarios and the Pronunciation Use Cases provide examples of the need for standardization of pronunciation markup to ensure a consistent and accurate representation of content. The requirements from the user scenarios will provide the basis for the technical specifications.

The Pronunciation Gap Analysis presents required features of spoken text pronunciation and presentation along with with existing specifications that may support (or enable support) of those features. Gaps are defined when a required feature does not have a corresponding method by which it can be authored in HTML.

Comments are requested by 14 October 2019.