A Tool for Creating Speaking Web Pages: Text-to-Speech Integrated Development Environment (TTS-IDE)

D.C. Gibbs (USA)


Online, web-based, speaking browser, speech synthesis, text-to-speech.


This paper describes an integrated development environment (IDE) which web authors may use to add synthesized speech to their browser-based presentations. Web authors use the IDE to input the text to be spoken. The IDE embeds that text within the HTML file for playback by a speech-enabled browser. Browsers currently supporting text-to-speech (TTS) are Microsoft Internet Explorer and Opera. The IDE works with either HTML files or Powerpoint Web Presentation files. Playback is controlled by a set of controls that “float” innocuously in the upper right hand corner of each page. Speaking pages can be used by online courses, training programs, or certification processes.

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