Janina Sajka discussed the name change from FSG to the Linux Foundation. FSG Board of Directors is very supportive of IA2.
The remaining discussion was about supporting Math.
Neil described how the text representing a mathematical formula is not in a form that can be spoken correctly by a TTS engine or a Braille device. But AT vendors don't want to know about math, they want to just make a call. The current hack is to use name tag. It would be nice to embed speech queues but this is not device independent and not all TTS engines take speech queues.
For example, f=ma comes out as f = mah, want pauses, etc. Comprehension goes way up if spoken correctly using pitch changes and good timing. Voice changes aren't that effective. Other examples are chemistry and sheet music.
Larry pointed out that the AT might have to handle TTS and Braille at the same time and this would require different content for TTS and Braille.
Neil suggested that the AT would tell the app how to present the math strings, i.e. the required format. The app would have code, possibly via a plugin, that would make the appropriate conversion.
Aaron and Larry pointed out that the AT should deal with this issue, not the application. There is a need to separate the model and the view. The API is to retrieve content; the AT then modifies content for the user based on settings, content, etc.
The transformers can be packaged such that other ATs can take advantage of the feature.
It was felt that a separate group should work on this issue to develop an open standard. Janina said she'd check into the possibilities.