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Web Form Speech Input for Non-Wintel Systems

From: Gael Pegliasco <gael.pegliasco@telecorporate.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2000 03:59:31 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <38BCDBEA.D9F67ACE@telecorporate.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
How a consortium like yours could do this ?

You, until now, always had defended open standards for everybody, and
now you are closing the door in face of 50% of people on the planet...

Please, change your attitude, quickly...
I want to live in a free world...
I want to have the power of choose.
I don't want to be forced to use Wintel's softwares or to die.

I can't understand what you are doing now.

Thanks for your reply,

With kind regards,


For over three years, a proposal to allow microphone audio input in HTML
forms, along with other device input - www.bovik.org/device-upload.html
- has been before the
HTML Working Group of the World Wide Web Consortium (w3.org/Markup).
This capability would bring great benefits to everyone on the web,
including spoken language
instruction, asynchronous audio conferencing, voicemail, and
transcription services. Even though the proposal was implemented on the
WebTV Plus, it has has not been adopted by
any other major browser. So now, those who need to provide such
capabilities on their web sites have found that they must use overly
complex, nonstandard HTML client
extensions, and even then are only able to serve customers using one of
the two major browsers on the Microsoft/Intel platform. This state of
affairs completely excludes
Macintosh and Unix web users from all those services requiring input and
upload from any device. 

Please act today by sending mail to www-html@w3.org asking the W3C to
endorse the device upload proposal for all platforms, and write your
favorite browser team to ask that
they implement device upload for microphones, scanners, cameras, and
other devices as needed. Thank you for your help with this important

    While the current state of Web infrastructure supports the
submission of text data from client to server... there does not yet
exist an analogous method for capturing
    audio data at the client and delivering it to the server. Our
solution ... limits the system's accessibility to users of Internet
Explorer under Windows.
    -- D. Turner and K. Ross in the Proceedings of the International
Symposium on Intelligent Media and Distance Education, August 1999

    You cannot record a voicemail using the microphone on your
    -- http://www.onebox.com/help/unsupported_features.htm
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