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[whatwg] Web API for speech recognition and synthesis

From: Peter Parente <parente@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2009 15:47:52 -0500
Message-ID: <5308fd2c0912261247x3e340bb0h906476ef384b0141@mail.gmail.com>
> We've been watching our colleagues build native apps that use speech
> recognition and speech synthesis, and would like to have JavaScript
> APIs that let us do the same in web apps. We are thinking about
> creating a lightweight and implementation-independent API that lets
> web apps use speech services. Is anyone else interested in that?

> Bjorn Bringert, David Singleton, Gummi Hafsteinsson

I am interested in a JavaScript API for text-to-speech synthesis at
least. It would be a great help in creating more usable web
applications for people with visual impairments (i.e., self-voicing
web applications instead of screen reading). It could also enable a
slew of new web apps in mobile, eyes-busy situations (e.g., my smart
phone reads me my web mail, twitter feed, what-have-you, while I'm
driving).

Some folks working on enabling technologies at the Univ. of North
Carolina built Outfox (http://code.google.com/p/outfox/) as proof of
concept JS interface to text-to-speech engines on Mac, Windows, and
Linux. It's Firefox-only, but might be worth a look.

Pete
Received on Saturday, 26 December 2009 12:47:52 UTC

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