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[whatwg] Web API for speech recognition and synthesis

From: Diogo Resende <dresende@thinkdigital.pt>
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 12:32:02 +0000
Message-ID: <1259843522.5368.1.camel@nasgul.local>
I agree 100%. Still, I think the access to the mic and the speech
recognition could be separated.

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Diogo Resende <dresende at thinkdigital.pt>
ThinkDigital

On Thu, 2009-12-03 at 12:06 +0000, Bjorn Bringert wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 10:20 PM, Jonas Sicking <jonas at sicking.cc> wrote:
> > On Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 11:17 AM, Bjorn Bringert <bringert at google.com> wrote:
> >> I agree that being able to capture and upload audio to a server would
> >> be useful for a lot of applications, and it could be used to do speech
> >> recognition. However, for a web app developer who just wants to
> >> develop an application that uses speech input and/or output, it
> >> doesn't seem very convenient, since it requires server-side
> >> infrastructure that is very costly to develop and run. A
> >> speech-specific API in the browser gives browser implementors the
> >> option to use on-device speech services provided by the OS, or
> >> server-side speech synthesis/recognition.
> >
> > Again, it would help a lot of you could provide use cases and
> > requirements. This helps both with designing an API, as well as
> > evaluating if the use cases are common enough that a dedicated API is
> > the best solution.
> >
> > / Jonas
> 
> I'm mostly thinking about speech web apps for mobile devices. I think
> that's where speech makes most sense as an input and output method,
> because of the poor keyboards, small screens, and frequent hands/eyes
> busy situations (e.g. while driving). Accessibility is the other big
> reason for using speech.
> 
> Some ideas for use cases:
> 
> - Search by speaking a query
> - Speech-to-speech translation
> - Voice Dialing (could open a tel: URI to actually make the call)
> - Dialog systems (e.g. the canonical pizza ordering system)
> - Lightweight JavaScript browser extensions (e.g. Greasemonkey /
> Chrome extensions) for using speech with any web site, e.g, for
> accessibility.
> 
> Requirements:
> 
> - Web app developer side:
>    - Allows both speech recognition and synthesis.
>    - Easy to use API. Makes simple things easy and advanced things possible.
>    - Doesn't require web app developer to develop / run his own speech
> recognition / synthesis servers.
>    - (Natural) language-neutral API.
>    - Allows developer-defined application specific grammars / language models.
>    - Allows multilingual applications.
>    - Allows easy localization of speech apps.
> 
> - Implementor side:
>    - Easy enough to implement that it can get wide adoption in browsers.
>    - Allows implementor to use either client-side or server-side
> recognition and synthesis.
> 
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