Voice browsing is on the way

Voice browsing is on the way

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

JULY 16—The Voice Extensible Markup Language protocol could make existing Hypertext Markup Language information on Web sites accessible to disabled and other users by telephone.

The interagency XML Working Group is looking at possible use of the technology promoted by the VoiceXML Forum of Piscataway, N.J., a consortium of 520 companies. VoiceXML structures applications to make Web site information accessible by voice commands.

The World Wide Web Consortium's draft VoiceXML 2.0 standard integrates markup languages for common dialogs, grammar, speech synthesis and natural-language semantics. More information appears at www.voicexml.org.

The XML working group met last week with representatives of Tellme Networks Inc. of Bethesda, Md. Greg O'Connell, director of public-sector operations, said the company uses a long-distance carrier's telephone backbone and the Voice Advantage suite of applications to make HTML content into XML that is accessible by voice commands.

Other so-called voice portal tool kits include BeVocal Caf' from BeVocal Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif.; IBM WebSphere Voice Server Software Developers Kit; Motorola Mobile Application Developer's Kit; Nuance Voice Site Staging Center from Nuance Communications Inc. of Menlo Park, Calif.; and VoiceGenie Developers Workshop from VoiceGenie Technologies Inc. of Toronto.

Contact Greg O'Connell at 301-941-1853.

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