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RE: Overview paragraph

From: Young, Milan <Milan.Young@nuance.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:22:44 -0700
Message-ID: <1AA381D92997964F898DF2A3AA4FF9AD0AE501EA@SUN-EXCH01.nuance.com>
To: "DRUTA, DAN (ATTSI)" <dd5826@att.com>, <public-xg-htmlspeech@w3.org>
>> provide the user with a consistent experience across different
platforms and devices irrespective of the speech engine used.

This effort is not about standardizing functionality across speech
engines.  The goal is speech application portability across the
browsers.  Simple applications MAY be portable across speech engine
boundaries, but that's not a requirement.

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From: public-xg-htmlspeech-request@w3.org
[mailto:public-xg-htmlspeech-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of DRUTA, DAN
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 1:35 PM
To: public-xg-htmlspeech@w3.org
Subject: Overview paragraph

At the last meeting I volunteered to put together a few paragraphs that
would set the context, the rationale and the goals for the HTML Speech
incubation group.
Below is my first attempt at capturing those points to be included in
the report introduction.



Speech technologies are available today from many software manufacturers
on a variety of platforms with implementations allowing a wide selection
of development tools and on multiple device types. These speech
technologies cover aspects of the user interaction using spoken
commands, dictation, text to speech and speech to text recognition.
While there are endless possibilities and uses for speech technologies
from accessibility to user convenience in many fields like medical,
education and others, there is a great potential of adoption in the
rapidly evolving realm of web applications.
HTML5 has brought the rich user experience to the web and developments
in the field of voice recognition allow real time user to machine
dialogue in the car, on the phone and at the desktop. With the web
moving beyond the desktop and the browser, it is imperative necessary to
find ways to streamline the process of developing web applications and
create interoperable speech APIs that will work across multiple browsers
and speech providers giving the developers choice and consistency in
implementing rich speech enabled web applications.


The goal for the HTML Speech incubator group is to identify and document
common requirements and use cases necessary to support the
standardization of  API(s) that will enable web developers to design and
deploy speech enabled web applications and provide the user with a
consistent experience across different platforms and devices
irrespective of the speech engine used. The outcome of the group's
findings should result in  design recommendation(s) that would foster
innovation and promote consistency by leveraging and enhancing existing
work in W3C as well as other standards bodies.
The driver for the standard design will be a common and agreed upon
understanding of the elements and interactions necessary to create an
end to end multi modal user experience  and to avoid development
fragmentation in using HTML and JavaScript when developing interoperable
speech enabled web applications.
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