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Two First Public Working Drafts for Pronunciation

March 9th, 2020

The Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group has published two First Public Working Drafts today:

  • Explainer: Improving Spoken Presentation on the Web defines a standard mechanism to allow content authors to include spoken presentation guidance in HTML content. Also, it contains two identified approaches and enumerates their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Pronunciation Gap Analysis and Use Cases presents the results of the Pronunciation Task Force work on an HTML standard. It includes an introduction with a historical perspective, an enumeration of the core requirements, a listing of approach use cases, and finally a gap analysis. Gaps are defined when a requirement does not have a corresponding use case approach by which it can be authored in HTML.

These documents were initially developed by the Pronunciation Task Force, whose objective is to develop normative specifications and best practices guidance collaborating with other W3C groups as appropriate, to provide for proper pronunciation in HTML content when using text to speech (TTS) synthesis.