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Comments on VoiceXML 2.1 draft specification

From: Robert Keiller <robert.keiller@voxsurf.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 18:02:24 +0100
Message-ID: <0FBD6BCCF7F7F540B1E8CF3DCC63A53C0AB9BF@voxmail2.voxsurf.net>
To: <www-voice@w3.org>

Firstly I would like to say that these small changes address some very useful additions to VoiceXML.

I am slightly disappointed that the support for <mark> does not go further and support
client side audio control. application.lastresult$.marktime will support very simple audio control
by sending the marktime as a url parameter in an audio request and having the application server
apply offsets to the original audio file. However, there are two important cases where this will not work:
- TTS prompts
- where several audio files have been queued together  (putting a mark on every prompt in the queue and
  restarting the prompt queue from the last mark would be very awkward solution)
I believe that several voice browsers already support greater functionality via non-standard extensions
and it seems a pity that these could not be standardised in VoiceXML 2.1.

I also think Teemu Tingander raises a good question about the naming of the expr attributes
for <script> and <grammar>. (Logically the expr attributes on <audio>, <next> and <submit>
should also be srcexpr. <subdialog> already uses srcexpr, but expr in this case is an asignment 
of the subdialog variable, not a definition of the subdialog fetch.) Even if there is no immediate
intention to support dynamic grammars via <grammar expr="..."/> where expr
evaluates to an actual grammar, it seems a mistake to close off that possibility in future.

Received on Tuesday, 20 April 2004 12:03:26 UTC

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