This note replaces a draft specification for a media type called
reader’, for targeting style sheets at devices
that are able to synchronously speak and display text. This specification
is no longer being developed.
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This specification has been discontinued. At this point no further work is planned.
The media types defined by CSS level 2 [CSS21] do not easily fit a device
such as a screen reader, which speaks text, but also keeps the audio and
the video output synchronized. It seems useful to be able to provide a
style sheet for such a device, different from the ‘
speech’ media type, which does not have any visual
output at all.
However, there has been little interest in defining a high-level
reader’ media type.
Current work on Media Queries focuses on defining lower-level media features, which can be combined to let the style sheet author define arbitrary kinds of devices. See Media Queries Level 4 [MEDIAQUERIES-4].