[whatwg] [HTML5] Accessibility question - SSML

Nicholas Shanks contact at nickshanks.com
Wed Mar 19 06:28:38 PDT 2008

Well I already do include embedded SSML on my website. I also  
submitted some XSLT to transform XHTML into a full SSML document which  
can be piped to speech synthesisers like Swift, that understand the  


On 18 Mar 2008, at 10:23 pm, Keryx Web wrote:
> Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis skrev:
>> I think it's a mistake to assume a "accessible" or "screen-reader- 
>> friendly" view should be non-interactive.
>> In so far as this is true at all, it's largely a result of web  
>> interactivity depending on non-standard widgets. AFAICT, this is  
>> one of the problems HTML5 tries to solve.
> Hear, hear!
> We also need to work with screen readers and browser developers so  
> that that CSS media rules actually start to be applied. And Webkit  
> should join the ARIA party!
> A thought (an just a thought), however, that might be worth  
> investigating is if SSML could be embedded into HTML, using similar  
> principles as is being considered for SVG.
> Lars Gunther

— Nicholas Shanks.

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