gender voice variants

Doug Ewell doug at
Sat Dec 22 20:59:54 CET 2012

Michael Everson <everson at evertype dot com> wrote:

> A language tag applied to a run of text tells the any person or 
> process "This text is in the English language" and a subtag might make 
> precise for instance that "This English text is in Oxford spelling".
> A voice tag applied to a run of text tells a computer "Read this text 
> aloud in a woman's voice". A voice tag does not change the content of 
> any text being read out: The voice will read text from the New York 
> Times, or a Help dialogue box equally. A voice tag selects a voice 
> only.

This sounds to me like variations in written text (the orthography) 
would be treated as appropriate for BCP 47 language tags, while 
variations in spoken text (the type of voice in which it is spoken) 
would not. Each type of variation has similarities that are important 
for certain processes, and differences that are important for others.

Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA | @DougEwell ­ 

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