5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Developing Web-Based Speech Applications

Charles T. Hemphill, Yeshwant K. Muthusamy

Media Technologies Laboratory, Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, USA

We have developed a speech interface to the Web that allows easy access to information and an approach to intelligent user agents. The meclianisms developed apply to other multimedia applications where speech can serve as an input modality. We describe the benefits of our recognition system to speech-application developers: (1) Developers need not know about speech - in the simplest case, developers simply define HTML links. (2) Developers need not worry about word pronunciations since the system provides these. Developers may specify grammass in a simple BNF syntax and the system automatically converts these for use by the recognizer. (3) Developers with programming skills may use a Web server or the Java programming language to easily produce more sophisticated speech interfaces. (4) Developers reap the benefits of portability through general HTML browsers and languages such as Java. Java also simplifies the development of portable graphical interfaces that couple with speech input.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hemphill, Charles T. / Muthusamy, Yeshwant K. (1997): "Developing web-based speech applications", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 895-898.