Friday, October 17, 2008

Speech-enabled Web Sites

W3C has released PLS (Pronunciation Lexicon Specification) 1.0 which should help developers to make their web site speech-enable, thus helping their users (mostly disabled users) to get better user experiences when accessing the site. Here's some note about the announcement on W3C's home page:
PLS can reduce the cost of developing these applications by allowing people to share and reuse pronunciation dictionaries
Check the specification here. This is part of W3C Voice Browser Activity

In this months, W3C has released several other specification, mostly about Semantic Web (RDFa recommendation and 7 OWL 2 drafts) and XMLHttpRequest.