VoiceXML : Introduction to Developing Speech Applications

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For one/two semester courses in Introduction to VoiceXML, undergraduate courses in Building Speech Applications in Computer Science courses.

This text answers the fundamental question of how to design and build a usable speech interface to Web applications. VoiceXML is the XML language for voice applications, and voice is the bridge connecting the Internet with telephone networks; by using extensive pedagogy, examples, a case study, and a supporting Web site, this book describes how to build voice interfaces that enable callers to access the Internet with a phone.
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  • Paperback | 324 pages
  • 179.8 x 233.2 x 16.5mm | 498.96g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130092622
  • 9780130092625

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter ends with Key Concepts and Exercises and Projects.)


1. Why Develop Speech Applications for the Telephone?

2. How Speech Applications Work.

3. Technologies for Speech Applications.

4. Creating Speech Applications.

5. Introduction to VoiceXML.

6. Make the Computer Talk.

7. Make the Computer Listen.

8. Application-Directed Styles and Dialog Documents.

9. User-Directed Styles and Dialog Documents.

10. Mixed-Initiative Dialogs.

11. Testing - Tuning and Monitoring.

12. Development Tools and Reusability.

13. Multimedia Dialogs.

Appendix A: Ajax Fast Foods Case Study.

Appendix B: The W3C Speech Interface Framework.


Glossary of Terms.

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About James A. Larson

James A. Larson is the chairman of World Wide Web Consortium's Voice Browser Working Group that is developing language standards for speech applications, including VoiceXML 2.0, Speech Recognition Grammar, and Speech Synthesis Markup Languages. Dr. Larson also works for Intel and is an adjunct professor for Portland State University and Oregon Health Sciences University/Oregon Graduate Institute where he teaches courses on speech application development. Author of many technical papers on user interfaces, Jim currently writes a column for Speech Technology Magazine and is a speech applications consultant for Larson Technical Services.
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