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Techniques for improved text-to-speech processing are disclosed. The improved text-to-speech processing can convert text from an electronic document into an audio output that includes speech associated with the text as well as audio contextual cues. One aspect provides audio contextual cues to the listener when outputting speech (spoken text) pertaining to a document. The audio contextual cues can be based on an analysis of a document prior to a text-to-speech conversion. Another aspect can produce an audio summary for a file. The audio summary for a document can thereafter be presented to a user so that the user can hear a summary of the document without having to process the document to produce its spoken text via text-to-speech conversion.

Title
Intelligent text-to-speech conversion
Application Number
14/631526
Publication Number
9305543 (B2)
Application Date
February 25, 2015
Publication Date
April 5, 2016
Inventor
Reginald Dean Hudson
San Francisco
CA, US
Christopher Brian Fleizach
Morgan Hill
CA, US
Agent
Morrison & Foerster
Assignee
Apple
CA, US
IPC
G06F 17/27
G10L 13/04
G10L 13/00
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