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Minutes of meeting

Round-table "Vietnamese Text-to-speech and its application to the Internet"
10/14/02, UNDP Hanoi, from 9:00 to 10:30

organized by ISOC members in Vietnam,
as a joint activity with UNDP and the society for support of handicapped and orphan
18 participants

Vern Weitzel, UNDP Hanoi and ISOC member:
Welcome to everyone. The situation of Accessibility in Vietnam.
Read more at:
AccessibleInternetVN.ppt
InternetAccessVN.doc
UN accessibility Final.doc

Luong Chi Mai, deputy director of IOIT (Institute of Information Technology)
Joint presentation between Ms. Mai and her colleague regarding to their Institute's Text-to-Speech software. The institute developed TTS programmes which has been applied on a separate webpages, MS word, menu …. . It is built on synthesizing words character-by-character and it can read both English and Vietnamese sentences. However the reading speed is slow and to read English sentences an English screen reader must be involved.

Nguyen Anh Tuan, deputy director of CDIT (Centre for development of Information Technology)
The software has not been completed. At the moment, it can read Vietnamese sentences in text processor. The sound produced in proper speed and understandable to the blind.

Nguyen Dinh Chieu blind schools, 6 representatives. The school has been using the Vietnamese version of Jaws for e-mail and word processor. The software was produced by Mr. Dinh Dien in Ho Chi Minh City, which is very helpful for the students of the school in accessing there computers. However, the voice produced is not emotive and reflecting a true talking machine. The school asked for help from organizations who can support them with accessibility software's for there school pupils.