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Name pronunciation in electronic media or documents Disclosure Number: IPCOM000197937D
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-22
Document File: 3 page(s) / 37K

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Disclosed is a mechanism to hear the name pronounced from the email, on-line information system (i.e., web site, calendar, chat room, etc.) and any kind of electronic document systems.

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Most of the web dictionaries provide the capability to hear the pronunciation of individual words. Also, there are lots of tools that provide the name pronunciation separately [1].

    Some web sites allow the user to input a name and pronounce it through the audio tool. If the tool can't find the name with the right pronunciation, it allows the user to input the name and provides the pronunciation later by the tool. Some name pronunciation tools also allow the user to choose the names from a peculiar country to avoid ambiguity.

    There is prior art that can return a list of name pronunciation variations during the speech recognition [2]. In addition, there is prior art in the pronunciation analysis area which doesn't address the functionality and usability of name pronunciation [3, 4].

    IBM's* blue pages allows a user to record a pronunciation of a name so other people can hear it. This function, however, is restricted to the person names only. Moreover, when you click on the "pronunciation" tag, a separate name pronunciation tool is popped up. It is kind of cumbersome to hear the name from different tool.

    At present, there is no name pronunciation integrated into the email, on-line information, or any electronic document seamlessly. The name here referred to is any proper name such as person names, places, medical terms, any professional terms, etc. The name also can be more than one word, i.e., Jacques-Cartier, Jebel Druze. Proper names and terms are usually used and referenced in an email system or electronic document. It would be nice to hear the correct pronunciation whenever a cursor is hopped over a name. In addition, the pronunciation is based on the user's language preference. This is a very useful and practical function that can benefit every level of audiences.

    This invention is to provide a mechanism to hear the name pronounced from the email, on-line information system (i.e., web site, calendar, chat room, etc.) and any kind of electronic document systems (i.e., Microsoft Works**, IBM's Lotus* Symphony Document, eBook, etc.) Moreover, the name is pronounced based on user's preferred language such as Chinese, German, French, English, etc.

    The key idea of this invention is to insert a hyperlink for each name which can be more than one word. A software is used to scan the electronic document and insert a hyperlink to each proper name and term based on the user-defined profile automatically. The user can choose which country language that he/she wants to hear. The hyperlink links to the correspondent pronunciation file. When a cursor is hopped over a name, the correspondent pronunciation file is retrieved and the appropriate audio name is pronounced.

    A name pronunciation database can be integrated from any existing name pronunciation tool or build your own database. A new application program interface (API) is provided to retrieve the audio file from the existing name pronunciation tools. Here are the novel key points that need...