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A Sound Reference to the IPA

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This is an active version of the reproduction of the International Phonetic Alphabet. The chart is split into its seven sections, staying typographically close to the familiar layout. However, these sections sport clickable symbols, each symbol linking to a canonical rendition of the sound.

The sounds are taken from the recording The Sounds of the International Phonetic Alphabet, with the permission of Professor J.C. Wells, Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London.

Note that not all symbols have sound examples, notably the section Suprasegmentals has as sole example the word Phonetician, illustrating primary and secondary stress. Most sybols are illustrated, however.

Topics:

  1. Browser/platform support
  2. How to aquire an MP3 sound player
  3. How to make Netscape play MP3-files in your preferred player

Browser/platform support

We support the following browsers and platforms:

       Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT4:
Internet Explorer version 4 and above
(with MediaPlayer)
Netscape Navigator 4.x series
(with an external MP3-capable sound player, preferably RealMedia's RealPlayer)
 
MacOS:
Netscape Navigator 4.x series
(with an external MP3-capable sound player, preferably RealMedia's RealPlayer)
 
Linux/Unix:
Netscape Navigator 4.x series
(with an external MP3-capable sound player, preferably RealMedia's RealPlayer)

We don't expect Mozilla and Netscape 6 to pose any problems, but as we haven't been able to test them yet, we won't guarantee anything. Same goes for later versions of Opera, maybe ;)



How to aquire an MP3 sound player

For Windows, the best player is the (usually built-in) Windows Media Player. For any other platform, we recommend RealMedia's RealPlayer.

Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT4:
get a current version of Windows Media Player.

or get a current version of "RealPlayer Basic", downloadable from http://www.real.com/player/. (Look for something like "RealPlayer 8 Basic - is our free player", in very small print ;)
 
MacOS:
get a current version of "RealPlayer Basic", downloadable from http://www.real.com/player/. (Look for something like "RealPlayer 8 Basic - is our free player", in very small print ;)
 
Linux/Unix:
get a current version of "RealPlayer Basic", downloadable from http://www.real.com/player/. (Look for something like "RealPlayer 8 Basic - is our free player", in very small print ;)

Other popular players like xmms should supposedly work, but in testing only RealPlayer ran without problems.



How to make Netscape play MP3-files in your preferred player

In short: Ensure that Netscape knows the mime type audio/mpeg, and knows about a player for files of this mime type. We'll use RealPlayer as an example player. Note that in the case that audio/mpeg is already registered, you'll need to locate the old registration and change it according to the procedures detailed below.

Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT4:
  1. Start Netscape

  2. click Edit, then Preferences

  3. in the new window, doubleclick Navigator and choose Applications
    You are now viewing the list of all registered mime types in Navigator.

  4. click New
    Now you must fill in the details of the new mime type. Write the following:
    Description of type: MP3 file
    File extension: .mp3
    MIME type: audio/mpeg
    
    To fill in the last field, Application to use, click Browse and then locate the file "realplay.exe" (or simply "realplay") in the folder "Real\RealPlayer\" where you installed RealPlayer. (Often "C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\realplay.exe").

  5. Click OK. That's it!
 
MacOS:
In all probability very similar to the procedure under Windows. Though we've not been able to verify this yet.
 
Linux/Unix:
  1. Start Netscape

  2. click Edit, then Preferences

  3. in the new window, click the arrow next to Navigator and choose Applications
    This is the list of Navigator's registered mime types.

  4. click New
    Fill in the details of the new mime type as follows:
    Description of type: MP3 file
    File extension: .mp3
    MIME type: audio/mpeg
    Application: /usr/bin/realplay %s
    
    (Under the assumption that realplay is in /usr/bin ;).

  5. Click OK. That's it!



  2001-02-15, Kristian Skarbø (kskarboe@online.no)