Re: CfC: to add Speech API to Charter; deadline January 24

On Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:37:35 +0100, Glen Shires <> wrote:

> Some of the reasons we believe that the JavaScript Speech API is best
> suited for WebApps, instead of it's own working group, include:
> 1. Speech is likely to become a core API, like other WebApps deliverables
> such as File API. It is important that it be compatible and consistent
> with, and interact well with other JavaScript API components.


> 2. WebApps provides a balanced web-centric view for new JavaScript APIs.
>  The XG group consisted of a large number of speech experts, but only a  
> few with broad web API expertise. We believe the formation of a new WG
> would have a similar imbalance,

I'm not sure this is necessarily the case, and the reverse possibility,  
that the Web Apps group would not have enough speech experts should also  
be considered a potential risk.

> whereas the WebApps WG can provide valuable, balanced guidance and
> feedback.

(FWIW I don't have a strong opinion on whether this is likely to be a real  
problem as opposed to a risk, and I think this conversation helps us work  
that out).

> 3. The scope of this effort is well-defined and bounded. All that have
> responded to this CfC have agreed that JavaScript API portions of the XG
> Final Report are relevant to WebApps, and that the wire protocol portions
> of the XG Final Report are not relevant to WebApps (and should be pursued
> in another group, such as IETF).

I think that's a fair summary

>  The differing opinions seem only about the specific starting point of
> this effort, whether to base it on the full JavaScript API in the XG's
> Final Report [1] or a subset of that JavaScript API, which supports the
> majority of use cases, as proposed by Google [2].

Or a subset that supports a majority of use cases as currently proposed by
Debbie, developed by whittling down from [1] based on what implementors are
prepared to do.

> For this first recommendation-track document, we believe a subset will
> accelerate implementation, interoperability testing, standardization and
> ultimately developer adoption. However, in the spirit of consensus, we  
> are willing to broaden this subset to include additional API features in
> the XG Final Report.

That makes sense. We do think that it is important to be working on stuff  
that gets implemented, as a good guide to what ends up in a recommendation  
and what's in the list for an expanded version. One point of the WG  
process is that we can have more than one input document, and we develop  
consensus as we go on what gets deployed and is therefore ripe for further  
formal standardisation, and what is still waiting...



> [1]
> [2]
> Bjorn Bringert
> Satish Sampath
> Glen Shires
> On Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 3:58 AM, Arthur Barstow  
> <>wrote:
>> The deadline for comments is extended to January *24*.
>> On 1/20/12 6:55 AM, ext Arthur Barstow wrote:
>>> The deadline for comments is extended to January.
>>> Andrian, Maciej - I would appreciate it you would please provide some
>>> feedback on this CfC.
>>> On 1/12/12 7:31 AM, ext Arthur Barstow wrote:
>>>> Glen Shires and some others at Google proposed [1] that WebApps add
>>>> Speech API to WebApps' charter and they put forward the Speech  
>>>> Javascript
>>>> API Specification [2] as as a starting point. Members of Mozilla and  
>>>> Nuance
>>>> have voiced various levels of support for this proposal. As such,  
>>>> this is a
>>>> Call for Consensus to add Speech API to WebApps' charter.
>>>> Positive response to this CfC is preferred and encouraged and silence
>>>> will be considered as agreeing with the proposal. The deadline for  
>>>> comments
>>>> is January 19 and all comments should be sent to public-webapps at
>>>> -AB
>>>> [1]**Public/public-webapps/**
>>>> 2011OctDec/1696.html<>
>>>> [2]**Public/public-webapps/**
>>>> 2011OctDec/att-1696/speechapi.**html<>

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