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Petition for Web Form Speech Input

From: bil hays <hays@cs.unc.edu>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2000 14:09:35 -0500 (EST)
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <5366054.3160908449@dsl-64-34-84-49.telocity.com>
I support this petition:

Petition: Web Form Speech Input for Non-Wintel Systems

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. 

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bil hays
hays@unc.edu
Received on Wednesday, 1 March 2000 15:17:05 GMT

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