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Text-to-Speech Regulation via Multimedia Presentation Events

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106047D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

With the advent of personal computers, multimedia presentations are becoming prevalent within the office environment. Often these applications present video, animation, sound, etc. at inopportune moments. The material is often presented continuously without regard to currently running Text-to-Speech applications that may be executing within the office. Many Text-to-Speech applications are not cognizant of other applications that generate audio responses.

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Text-to-Speech Regulation via Multimedia Presentation Events

      With the advent of personal computers, multimedia presentations
are becoming prevalent within the office environment.  Often these
applications present video, animation, sound, etc. at inopportune
moments.  The material is often presented continuously without regard
to currently running Text-to-Speech applications that may be
executing within the office.  Many Text-to-Speech applications are
not cognizant of other applications that generate audio responses.

For example, a user's Text-to-Speech application may start
pronunciation during a multimedia presentation.  The user is often
forced to suspend the Text-to-Speech application in order to hear an
audio presentation.  A mechanism is desired that automatically
suspends a Text-to-Speech application upon a user activating a
multimedia presentation.  For example, a user may wish a multimedia
presentation to pause during execution of a Text-to-Speech
application.  The user does not desire to hear the multimedia
presentation sounds while attempting to hear a Text-to-Speech
application.  A method is desired whereby the Text-to-Speech
application's activity will automatically be adjusted to reduce audio
interference upon activation of an audio multimedia application.

      This article describes a service which detects the activation
of Text-to-Speech applications.  Upon detection of a multimedia
presentation the service disables the Text-to-Speec...