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Re: Hints for screen reader speech attributes


From: Lucy GRECO
Date: Apr 30, 2020 12:06PM

frankly this is not something I would ever recommend as most users would
not be comfortable changing settings and you might not know how they may
have already changed their voice. a voice is a very personal setting
and changing it makes many users uncomfortable at best. For example I
just needed to change which synthesizer I was using for a few weeks and
it made me less productive. Just the way it changed words was driving me
nuts. If you want to indicate changes i have seen some very good
implementations using hidden screen reader only text saying italic start
and italic end. but only in the case wair i really need to know that does
this work otherwise it's just na anoiince smile lucy Lucia Greco
Web Accessibility Evangelist
IST - Architecture, Platforms, and Integration
University of California, Berkeley
(510) 289-6008 skype: lucia1-greco
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On Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 10:49 AM Jonathan Avila < <EMAIL REMOVED> >

> It would be better to use semantic markup and provide instructions to
> users on how to adjust their screen reader rather than force a user into a
> specific speech pattern.
> Jonathan
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> Hi,
> As a website developer, I'm interested in giving hints or suggestions to
> the user's screen reader on how to read certain text.
> For example, I'd like the following italic to be read in a higher pitch:
> The *quick* brown fox jumped over the *lazy* dog
> Is there a way to do that in ARIA?
> Thanks!
> Ofer Bartal
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