We recently started thinking about developing a ‘style guide’ for digitizing text, common things to look at in terms of text to speech functionality. Obviously this is something that would be of great value to anyone participating in the process and I realised there may already be something in existence?
Some examples of a style guide might be:
- Stick to the original text as much as possible
- Convert numerical instances of numbers into the word equivalents, eg, ‘1984’ becomes ‘nineteen eighty four’
Any rules devised would need to be developed in consultation with the technology itself and the users of the technology. It would also have to allow for future improvements and developments in the technology.