5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

A Speech Interface for Forms on WWW

Sunil Issar

Department of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

There is a wide variety of forms that a user encounters on the world wide web (WWW). In this paper, we describe the design of a speech interface that can be used over the web to fill forms. This presents several problems, for example, communicating with speech recognizer, parsing one or more forms embedded in text, generating appropriate language models and dictionary entries, and presenting appropriate information (responses and queries) to the user. Many database and non-database retrieval tasks can be viewed as form- filling tasks. Goddeau [2] also describes a form-based dialogue manager for spoken language understanding tasks. This tends to support our belief that a speech interface for forms is an important first step in the design of distributed spoken language systems, which can assist the user in problem solving activities.

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Bibliographic reference.  Issar, Sunil (1997): "A speech interface for forms on WWW", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 1343-1346.