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Re: Speech Recognition and Text-to-Speech Javascript API - seeking feedback for eventual standardization

From: Michael[tm] Smith <mike@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 22:49:08 +0900
To: Satish S <satish@google.com>
Cc: olli@pettay.fi, Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@nokia.com>, Peter Beverloo <peter@chromium.org>, Glen Shires <gshires@google.com>, public-webapps@w3.org, public-xg-htmlspeech@w3.org, Dan Burnett <dburnett@voxeo.com>
Message-ID: <20120111134906.GG93766@sideshowbarker>
"Michael[tm] Smith" <mike@w3.org>, 2012-01-11 20:36 +0900:

> Satish S <satish@google.com>, 2012-01-11 10:04 +0000:
> 
> > The Community Groups [1] page says they are for "anyone to socialize their
> > ideas for the Web at the W3C for possible future standardization".
> 
> I don't think that page adequately describes the potential value of the
> Community Group option. A CG can be used for much more than just
> socializing ideas for some hope of standardization someday.
> 
> > The HTML Speech Incubator Group has done a considerable amount of work and
> > the final report [2] is quite detailed with requirements, use cases and API
> > proposals. Since we are interested in transitioning to the standards track
> > now, working with the relevant WGs seems more appropriate than forming a
> > new Community Group.

Another data point to consider is, we have a precedent of a CG that's
already far along with work on a spec that already has multiple
implementations: The Web Media Text Tracks CG, which is working on the
WebVTT format for text tracks (captions, subtitles, etc.) for HTML video:

  http://www.w3.org/community/texttracks/

They're well beyond the stage of documenting use cases and requirements and
providing proposals; they already have a complete spec:

  http://dev.w3.org/html5/webvtt/

And the WebVTT spec is already implemented in IE10 and partially in WebKit,
with active implementation work continuing -

  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh673566.aspx#WebVTT
  https://bugs.webkit.org/showdependencytree.cgi?id=43668&hide_resolved=1

That CG was started only a little over 3 months ago. So it is in fact
possible for a CG to be producing work that's actually already getting
actively implemented in current browsers.

  --Mike

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