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Comments for WD-speech-grammar-20010103

From: Susan Lesch <lesch@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 23:49:47 -0800
Message-Id: <p05010402b689ac4203c0@[]>
To: www-voice@w3.org
Here are comments in response to your request for review of the
"Speech Recognition Grammar Specification for the W3C Speech Interface
Framework" Last Call Working Draft [1].

The title "Speech Recognition Grammar Specification for the W3C Speech
Interface Framework" is pretty long, and there is no other reference to
the W3C Speech Interface Framework in the spec. What about making the
title "Speech Recognition Grammar Version 1.0" or "Speech Recognition
Grammar Specification Version 1.0"?

There needs to be a References section, in place of links out of the
running text to other documents and sites. Perhaps one is in the works?

For example domains, example.com is used in some cases, others not.
mygrammars.com is used in 2.2.2, 2.2.5, and 4.5, acme.com in 6.6, and
sayplease.com in A. grammars.com in 2.2.2 is registered, and opened
numerous unwanted windows when visited on 14 January 2001. W3C recommends
using example.com, example.org, and example.net; please see RFC 2606
section 3 at http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2606.txt. If you need an
evocative domain name, you could create a machine name, for example:
grammars.example.org. Also, in 2.2.2, did you want the first domain in
ABNF and XML to match?

"#" is a "number sign" in Unicode. Variously, it is called a "fragment
separator," "hash separator," and "pound" in this Working Draft. I would
say "number sign (#)" globally except in the DTMF section where pound
makes more sense. Please see http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U0000.pdf.
Some other characters are named below.

Especially to help the conformance section, and also to be clear, you
could make RFC 2119 a normative reference and quote this part:
       The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL
       "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in
       RFC 2119.
Please see RFC 2119 at http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2119.txt. If you don't
wish to use this RFC, then these words probably need definitions.

Below, a section number is followed by a quote and then a suggestion.

1. second to last par.


Future Study
future study

1. last par.

1.1 par. 1
DTMF [spell out the first time]
Dual Tone Multi-Frequency (DTMF)

1.1 par. 2

1.1 last list item
Voice Browser
voice browser

1.2 par. 2 and 2.2.5
Speech Recognition N-Gram Grammar Specification
[should be a local anchor to [N-GRAM] in References]

1.2 par. 3
Dialog Markup Language or through a Speech Recognizer API.
Dialog Markup Language or through a speech recognizer API.

1.2 last list, item 2
may also includes
may also include

2.1 par. 1
aka, a terminal symbol
aka a terminal symbol

2.1 par. 2
white-space [twice]
white space

2.2 par. 1
     Legal rule names must be legal XML IDs as defined in the
     XML specification as the "Name" production in Section 2.3.
could read:
     Rulenames must match "Name" as defined in XML 1.0 section
     2.3 [XML] and be legal XML IDs.

a "$" symbol
a dollar sign ($) character

in a parentheses
in parentheses


the "$$" symbols
two dollar sign characters ($$)

2.2.5 par. 2
     A speech recognizer may choose to support the Speech
     Recognition N-Gram Grammar Specification in addition to
     the Speech Recognition Grammar Specification defined in
     this document.
could read:
     A speech recognizer may choose to support the Speech
     Recognition N-Gram Grammar Specification in addition to
     the speech recognition grammar defined in this document.

2.6 ABNF
curly braces [five times]
curly brackets

2.7 ABNF

2.8 ABNF list item 2
"[]" square brackets

3.1 par. 1
The core purposes
The core purpose

3.1 ABNF

3.2 par. 3
Java(TM) Programming Language
Java(TM) programming language
[see http://java.sun.com/docs/books/jls/]

4.2 par. 1

4.4. par. 2
without a rulename identifier (applies both to
without a rulename identifier; (this applies both to

4.5 par. 2
Java Programming Language
Java programming language

5.4 par. 1
Grammar [three times]

5.4 Issues

5.6 par. 1
Grammar [three times]

6.1 last list item
     principles outlined in Sec. 7 of W3C XSLT recommendation,
     "Creating the result tree"
could read [not sure here]:
     principles outlined in section 7 of the W3C XSLT Recommendation
     [XSLT], "Creating the Result Tree"

CFG [please spell out]

Sec. 7.2, "creating text" of the XSLT specifications
[not sure here]
section 7.2 of the XSLT specification [XSLT], "Creating Text"

6.3 last list item
Voice Browser
voice browser

6.5 par. 2
for the Speech Synthesis Markup Language
[needs a link in References]

Lexicon Format
lexicon format

6.6 last par.
a Lexicon specification
a lexicon specification

6.7 par. 1

curly braces
curly brackets

Appendix D par. 1

Appendix D par. 2
Dual Tone Multiple Frequency
Dual Tone Multi-Frequency

Appendix D par. 4

Appendix D par. 6

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/WD-speech-grammar-20010103/

Best wishes for your project,

Susan Lesch - mailto:lesch@w3.org  tel:+1.858.483.4819
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - http://www.w3.org/
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