How to adjust pauses and blank times when reading Ondoku [2 types]
Aug. 14, 2023
Hello, this is Ondoku.
One of the needs of people who use Ondoku is that they want to leave a little more space.
I don't pay much attention to spacing in everyday conversations, but when I read it to Ondoku, I realize how important it is.
Those who control the time, control the world.
This time, I will introduce how to open the gap.
If you want to adjust the "distance" by leaving a little space,
- punctuation mark
There are two types of adjustment methods.
Adjust spacing with punctuation
Adjusting the spacing with punctuation marks
You can adjust the spacing slightly by using punctuation marks such as .
However, it is not possible to ``reliably take the distance of ◯ seconds''.
For punctuation, you can only adjust the pause by about a breath.
to adjust the distance
Some people try to adjust the spacing by typing punctuation marks over and over again, but there is no point in using multiple punctuation marks.
Ondoku is not designed to allow you to adjust the spacing by the number of punctuation marks.
The small “tsu” in “tsutsu” has the effect of lengthening the interval a little.
However, this method of using a lot of punctuation marks and small "tsu"s consumes a large amount of character count even though it does not ensure proper spacing.
If you want to create longer distances or ensure that there are blank spaces , use the SSML tag .
○Seconds, how to make sure you get the right amount of time when you want it
If you want to create a reliable distance, I recommend
This method uses a tag called SSML to adjust the distance .
If you use this method, please limit the number of characters read at a time to less than 3000 characters. Anything over 3000 characters is prone to errors.
What is SSML?
SSML is an audio markup language. Speaking of similar markup languages, HTML is famous.
You might be thinking, "Mark up something you can't see?", but you can control the output of machine voices.
The writing style of SSML is similar to HTML, so if you have created a homepage before, you will understand it easily.
When using SSML, write the tag as shown below.
To make it easier to understand the distance, I have included a distance of 1 second to 5 seconds.
S stands for second in English
It stands for seconds.
By increasing the number before S, you can make the distance for that part longer.
Only two tags are needed to get the distance.
This tag is necessary to instruct Ondoku that "this text uses SSML".
Please put them at the beginning and end of each sentence.
This tag has the meaning of break time = break.
By entering the desired number in the circle, you can set the distance of that length.
s is an abbreviation for seconds, which means seconds in English.
ms stands for milliseconds.
"1000ms = 1s", and 1000ms is the same as 1 second.
SSML tags currently supported in all languages are:
There are only two types of tags: Other tags may not be available depending on the language or audio type. Please note.
The number of characters is not counted only for these two tags.
However, if there is even a single character error in the tag, such as an extra space, the tag cannot be recognized correctly. So count the number of characters.
Points to note when using SSML
- Keep it under 3000 characters
- Don't use extra symbols
- If even one character is incorrect in the tag, it will not be possible to read it out loud.
- Do not specify too long a number of seconds
1. Keep it under 3000 characters
When using SSML, please limit the number of characters read at a time to less than 3000 characters. An error will occur if there are more than 3000 characters.
2. Don't use extra symbols
When using SSML, avoid including symbols in the text to be read.
In particular, symbols such as < > "" & are not allowed, so if they are included in the text you want to read out, you will not be able to read them out loud.
Please remove other symbols before reading out loud.
3. If even one character is incorrect in the tag, it cannot be read aloud.
SSML is similar to programming code, and if there is even a single character error, it will not be able to be read aloud.
There are extra spaces in the tag, extra slashes, or even one letter of the alphabet is misspelled.
That alone makes it impossible to read out loud.
We recommend copying and pasting the tags from the website.
The tag is very delicate. Please be careful when writing your own tags.
4. Do not specify too long a number of seconds
Specifying too long a number of seconds (e.g. 30s) will cause an error.
For other errors when using SSML, please see here.
I introduced two ways to create pauses when reading Ondoku.
SSML may seem difficult at first glance, but it is very easy to use. If you just want to add more space, this is the easiest and recommended method.
Please give it a try!
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