[August 13, 2002]
SALT Forum Contributes Speech Application
Language Tags Specification Version 1.0 To World Wide Web Consortium
The SALT Forum, a group of
companies with a shared goal of accelerating the use of speech
technologies in multimodal and telephony systems, today announced that it
has contributed the Speech Application Language Tags (SALT) specification
to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The SALT Forum has asked the W3C
Multimodal Interaction Working Group and Voice Browser Working Group to
review the SALT specification as part of their development of standards
for promoting multimodal interaction and voice-enabling the Web.
There is a growing interest in multimodal applications, including the
use of speech technologies to expand the reach of Web content. "Many
companies within the speech technology industry view standards as key to
speeding acceptance of speech-enabled multimodal applications," said
Bill Meisel, president of TMA Associates. "The contribution of the
SALT specification to the W3C gives the group a robust starting point for
creating a single standard for multimodal applications, which is
ultimately in the best interest for the speech industry."
The SALT specification defines a set of lightweight tags as extensions
to commonly used Web-based markup languages. This allows developers to add
speech interfaces to Web content and applications using familiar tools and
techniques. The SALT specification is designed to work equally well on a
wide variety of computing and communicating devices.
"We respect the standards efforts of the W3C and are pleased to
bring the SALT specification to W3C Working Groups for their
consideration," said SALT Forum representative Martin Dragomirecky.
"By making a comprehensive royalty-free contribution we hope to
accelerate their efforts targeting a new class of mobile devices that
support multiple modes of interaction."
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