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Document Inflection Presenter

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111897D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jackson, BK: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

The increased use of electronic mail applications has made it possible for many users to receive a plurality of differing document types. These various document types are sent with a multitude of format tag attributes from various applications e.g., BOOKMASTER, GML FOILS5, etc. Now, with the ever growing usage of Text-to-Voice recognition devices these applications can be sent as audio files.

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Document Inflection Presenter

      The increased use of electronic mail applications has made it
possible for many users to receive a plurality of differing document
types.  These various document types are sent with a multitude of
format tag attributes from various applications e.g., BOOKMASTER, GML
FOILS5, etc.  Now, with the ever growing usage of Text-to-Voice
recognition devices these applications can be sent as audio files.

      Current technology describes methods that allow a text document
to be converted to voice and read to the end user.  However, current
technology doesn't provide a method whereby the document tags can be
audibly executed.  Text to voice devices are unable to alter the
decibel level, frequency or pitch of words according to assigned
tags.  It is desirable to have a mechanism that allows the user to
hear the document in its' expressed form.

      This article describes a service, a Document Inflection Table
Converter (DIP), that allows Text-To-Voice devices to interpret
attribute tags, and convert them to inflection states.  Inflection
states vary the pitch, frequency and/or decibel level of the words to
which the tags were assigned.  Punctuation marks are also included in
the DIP table.

      The DIP works through a predefined rule based engine which will
have several predefined templates installed which can be customized
by the user.  Each template will represent a respective software
package, i.e., BookMaster*, WordPerfect*, Displaywrite*, etc.  Also,
each template will have predefined inflection levels for each
attribute tag.  For example, 'hp2' in BookMaster could stand for bold
print which can have a decibel level of 2 and a frequency level of
100MHz.

      The punctuation template will be constant with predefined pitch
levels and timed pauses for the proper punctuation marks.  Each
software application will use the same punctuation template.  The
punct...