Last week we released TextAloud on the AppStore. You can read our blog for the entire details as to what it’s all about and why but in brief, it’s v1 of a more extensive app we want to create to support people better in long streams of TTS. We have several ideas for this - but most importantly, we are putting users at the heart of the design process along all stages (using the double diamond approach). Get in touch if you want to be part of the focus group. One idea, though, is using SSML to help markup a speech. You can see one implementation idea below.
There’s a much longer post due from me about why SSML hasn’t been used in AAC, but in short - the time is overdue.