[Athen] Natural-sounding text-to-speech tech?

Joseph Polizzotto MA jpolizzotto at berkeley.edu
Tue Apr 20 16:07:38 PDT 2021

Hi Mary:

One option is to produce stand-alone HTML files with SVG versions of the

The math alt text can be added in the title attribute of the SVG element
which could be read out loud by a TTS reader such as MS Edge's Read Aloud
utility. Edge's voices have good prosody and are free.

We have developed a DOCX-HTML script
leverages Node's Tex2SVG <https://www.npmjs.com/package/tex2svg>utility plus
Volker Sorge's Math Jax speech rules engine
<https://www.npmjs.com/package/mathjax-node-sre> to generate a more
natural-sounding math. In a future release of the script, we will also
allow the user to customize the alt text to fit a student's individual

I have attached an example that you could try out.


On Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 9:39 AM Mary Popish <popish at pdx.edu> wrote:

> Hi everybody,


> I hope you are well! I'm writing to see if anyone has suggestions for

> text-to-speech tech that:


> - Can reliably pronounce science and math content correctly, and

> - Sounds as natural as possible.


> I'm working with a student who is taking upper division science courses

> and is struggling with mispronunciation from the computer-generated voices

> in Kurzweil, Voice Dream Reader, and Voice Over. The student is an

> iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS user.


> In a best-case scenario, the student would prefer a human voice recording,

> but most of their course materials are not available in audiobook format.

> I'm working on finding a creative tech-based alternative, and I'd

> appreciate any suggestions you might have!


> Take care,

> Mary


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