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Title: US5983184: Hyper text control through voice synthesis
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Noguchi, Atsushi; Yamato, Japan

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY
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Published / Filed: 1999-11-09 / 1997-07-29

Application Number: US1997000902559

IPC Code: Advanced: G06F 3/16; G06F 12/00; G06F 13/00; G06F 17/21; G09B 21/00; G10L 13/00; G10L 13/04; G10L 13/08; G10L 15/22;
IPC-7: G10L 3/00; G10L 5/02; G10L 9/00;

ECLA Code: G09B21/00B4; G10L13/08;

U.S. Class: Current: 704/270; 704/258; 704/275; 704/E13.011; 715/202; 715/205; 715/234; 715/250; 715/255; 715/865;
Original: 704/270; 704/275; 704/258; 707/501;

Field of Search: 704/270,275,258 707/501

Priority Number:
1996-07-29  JP1996000199319

Abstract:     The present invention enables a visually impaired user to freely and easily control hyper text. A voice synthesis program orally reads hyper text on the Internet. In synchronization with this reading, the system focuses on a link keyword that is most closely related to the location where reading is currently being performed. When an instruction "jump to link destination" is input (by voice or with a key), the program control can jump to the link destination for the link keyword that is being focused on. Further, the reading of only a link keyword can be instructed.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: McKinley, Martin J. ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Hudspeth, David R.; Sax, Robert Louis

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I claim as my invention:     1. Apparatus for use with an HTML file that includes a plurality of link keywords, wherein position information and destination information are associated with each of the link keywords, and wherein each the link keywords is bounded by a start tag and an end tag, the apparatus comprising:
  • a communication controller for receiving an HTML file;
  • means for producing a word list that includes link keywords from the HTML file, and corresponding position information for each of the link keywords;
  • means for converting the start tag and the end tag of each of the link keywords into voice attribute information, and for correlating the voice attribute information with the position information of the corresponding link keyword to produce a voice attribute embedded command file;
  • a voice synthesizer for converting, using the voice attribute information in the voice attribute embedded command file, the link keywords into speech;
  • means for obtaining voice synthesis pointer information that corresponds to the link keyword currently being synthesized;
  • means for determining the destination information corresponding to the voice synthesis pointer information;
  • means for detecting a user input; and
  • means for accessing, in response to the user input, the link destination currently selected by the means for determining the destination information.

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Other Abstract Info: DERABS G1998-247006

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