[whatwg] Web API for speech recognition and synthesis

João Eiras joaoe at opera.com
Wed Dec 2 17:20:36 PST 2009

On Thu, 03 Dec 2009 01:50:20 +0100, Dave Burke <daveburke at google.com>  

> We're envisaging a simpler programmatic API that looks familiar to the
> modern Web developer but one which avoids the legacy of dialog system
> languages.

Ok. I referenced that XHTML+Voice because there is already a specification  
with markup, css 2 aural stylesheets and javascript APIs, and one  
I quite sure someone can revisit this whole issue, and refactor the  
xhtml+voice specification into something more acceptable and implementable.
I don't think anyone would implement it the way it is.

> Dave
> On Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 7:25 PM, João Eiras <joaoe at opera.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 12:32:07 +0100, Bjorn Bringert <bringert at google.com>
>> wrote:
>>  We've been watching our colleagues build native apps that use speech
>>> recognition and speech synthesis, and would like to have JavaScript
>>> APIs that let us do the same in web apps. We are thinking about
>>> creating a lightweight and implementation-independent API that lets
>>> web apps use speech services. Is anyone else interested in that?
>>> Bjorn Bringert, David Singleton, Gummi Hafsteinsson
>> This exists already, but only Opera supports it, although there are
>> problems with the library we use for speech recognition.
>> http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml+voice/
>> http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/add-voice-interactivity-to-your-site/
>> Would be nice to revive that specification and get vendor buy-in.
>> --
>> João Eiras
>> Core Developer, Opera Software ASA, http://www.opera.com/

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