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Open Web-Based Text-to-Speech Services for the Citizens

  • Spyros Raptis
  • Aimilios Chalamandaris
  • Pirros Tsiakoulis
  • Sotiris Karabetsos
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 435)

Abstract

A system is presented that offers a set of complementary services based on text-to-speech technology. The services and the underlying system that supports them are described. These services include: (a) a service for automatic document-to-speech conversion via e-mail, (b) an open library of audio books, and (c) a dynamic audio news service. The system seeks to maximize the availability and the social impact of text-to-speech technology, making its benefits widely available to the public through open services that address important daily needs of persons with visual impairments and reading difficulties.

Keywords

Speech synthesis accessibility open services audio books voiceenabled websites 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Spyros Raptis
    • 1
  • Aimilios Chalamandaris
    • 1
  • Pirros Tsiakoulis
    • 1
  • Sotiris Karabetsos
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Language and Speech Processing – ATHENA Research CentreGreece

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