FYI: "Semantic Interpretation for Speech Recognition" WD for review

I'm not sure how relevant this is to our work;
I thought I should read it before asking other
folks in this group to read it.

But I took that approach to the QA stuff and lost:
I didn't get around to reading it until most of
the interesting deadlines had passed, at which
point I found it it *was* relevant.

So, this time I'm brining it to your attention
before a relevant deadline: "Reviewers are encouraged
to send their comments on this working draft before 2 May 2003."

Semantic Interpretation for Speech Recognition
W3C Working Draft 1 April 2003

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        Luc Van Tichelen, ScanSoft

Copyright  2003 W3C (MIT, ERCIM, Keio), All Rights Reserved. W3C
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This document defines the process of Semantic Interpretation for Speech
Recognition and the syntax and semantics of semantic interpretation tags
that can be added to speech recognition grammars to compute information
to return to an application on the basis of rules and tokens that were
matched by the speech recognizer. In particular, it defines the syntax
and semantics of the contents of Tags in the Speech Recognition Grammar

Semantic Interpretation may be useful in combination with other
specifications, such as the Stochastic Language Models (N-Gram)
Specification, but their use with N-grams has not yet been studied.

The results of semantic interpretation are describing the meaning of a
natural language utterance. The current specification represents this
information as an EcmaScript object, and defines a mechanism to
serialize the result into XML. The W3C Multimodal Interaction Activity
is defining a data format (EMMA) for representing information contained
in user utterances, and has published the requirements for this data
format (EMMA Requirements). It is believed that semantic interpretation
will be able to produce results that can be included in EMMA.

Status of this document
This document is a public W3C Working Draft for review by W3C members
and other interested parties. It is a draft document and may be updated,
replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is
inappropriate to use W3C Working Drafts as reference material or to cite
them as other than "work in progress". A list of current public W3C
Working Drafts can be found at

This specification describes the syntax and semantics for semantic
interpretation tags in speech recognition grammars, and forms part of
the proposals for the W3C Speech Interface Framework. It is intended to
be used with Speech Recognition grammars as defined in Speech
Recognition Grammar Specification.

This document has been produced as part of the W3C Voice Browser
Activity, following the procedures set out for the W3C Process. The
authors of this document are members of the Voice Browser Working Group
(W3C Members only).

Patent disclosures relevant to this specification may be found on the
Working Group's patent disclosure page in conformance with W3C policy.

This document is for public review, and comments and discussion are
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The working group's intention is to advance this specification to last
call Working Draft during the 2nd quarter of 2003 (see Work Items of the
Voice Browser Activity). Reviewers are encouraged to send their comments
on this working draft before 2 May 2003.

Dan Connolly, W3C

Received on Monday, 28 April 2003 11:55:30 UTC