Testimonials for W3C's Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) 1.0 Recommendation

These testimonials are in support of W3C's SSML 1.0 Recommendation.

EDS helps business and government clients in 60 countries achieve maximum returns from IT investments. The natural sounding speech enabled by the SSML standard will increase our ability to automate more of our customers' business processes, cut costs and delight our customers' customers. EDS is pleased to be a part of this standards activity that will enable us to add mobility and natural interactions to the information age.

-- Balaji Prasad, EDS Chief Technologist for Automotive Telematics, Electronic Data Systems

SSML, already used by both VoiceXML 2.0 and SALT to specify verbal prompts in telephone and multimodal applications, will enhance computer-user interactions by enabling computers to speak to users in new and creative applications.

-- Timothy A. Moynihan, Director of Marketing, Modular Communication Platform Division, Intel

International Webmasters Association / HTML Writers Guild (IWA/HWG) and VoiceXML Italian User Group, taking part in the Voice Browser Working Group, are glad that Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) has become a W3C Recommendation. This is an important step, not only for voice applications development, but above all for the enrichment of Internet content.

Furthermore, the creation of a standard markup language that allows to authors to create more versatile Web content and users to converse with speech engines represents a significant advance in the field of multimodality and accessibility.

-- Roberto Scano, W3C Advisory Committee Representative, IWA/HWG; and
Fabrizio Gramuglio, VoiceXML Italia User Group.

The Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) is the United Kingdom's premier agency for blind and partially sighted people. We support SSML since it enables control of text to speech in a standard way, avoiding proprietary mark-up. This enables efficient production of voice alternative for our customers.

-- Stephen King, Director Technical and Consumer Services, Royal National Institute of the Blind

As a leading player in speech technologies and voice platforms, Loquendo believes that SSML 1.0 Recommendations is an essential step in completing the Speech Interface Framework. Indeed, it will help promote the speech application market, not only by enabling service providers, content creators, operators and voice portals to deliver a much richer user experience, but also by lowering barriers to Web access for some users with disabilities.

Loquendo TTS product already completely supports the SSML 1.0 specification, which may be used in 16 languages. Loquendo's high-quality, high-performance technologies and platforms power over 2,000,000 calls every day in the telecommunications and enterprise markets throughout the world.

Loquendo is very pleased to contribute to the development of this specification, and will continue to give strong support to W3C Voice Browser and Multimodal Interaction Working Groups.

-- Daniele Sereno, Vice President Product Engineering, Loquendo

ScanSoft is pleased to have been an active participant in the development and proposal of Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) specification, as we are committed to the advancement of open standards, and our solutions are uniquely optimized to support these standards. We congratulate the W3C Voice Browser Working Group on reaching the Recommendation milestone for Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML), and applaud the organization's efforts, as we look to work together to continue to advance the proliferation of standards-based speech technology into the future of the speech business.

-- Peter Mahoney, vice president of worldwide marketing, SpeechWorks, a Division of ScanSoft

Sun Microsystems congratulates the Voice Browser Working Group on the announcement of SSML as a W3C Recommendation. Sun is pleased to see that our initial contribution of the Java Speech Markup Language (JSML) has served as the basis for this W3C Recommendation. Sun supports this Recommendation and commends the W3C Voice Browser Working Group for its efforts in developing and bringing this specification to Recommendation status.

-- Glenn Edens, Senior vice president, Director Sun Labs

As one of the original developers of the SABLE speech synthesis markup language, and one of the early participants in the W3C's discussions on SSML, I am very pleased at the release of SSML 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation. SSML 1.0 is an important landmark in the standardization of voice interfaces to the Web.

-- Professor Richard Sproat, Department of Linguistics and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

SSML has an important position in an evolving family of W3C standards that are changing the way telephony applications are built. Where SRGS defined acceptable speech input, SSML eases the process of generating natural sounding speech output. As evidenced by the rapid adoption of VoiceXML, the industry is embracing standards for benefits including more innovation, lower costs, and greater flexibility. The final Recommendation of SSML is another key milestone in the advancement of open telephony platforms.

-- Jeff Haynie, CTO, Vocalocity

We are pleased that SSML 1.0 has joined VoiceXML 2.0 as a W3C Recommendation. We anticipate that the high-quality text-to-speech capabilities enabled by SSML will increase the adoption of powerful VoiceXML-based applications. The combination of the open standards that comprise the W3C Speech Interface Framework will unlock the true value of Web content.

-- Bruce Pollock, Chairman, VoiceXML Forum

Voxpilot is thrilled to see SSML 1.0 reach W3C Recommendation and is proud to have contributed to the efforts of the W3C Voice Browser Working Group during the specification's development and testing. SSML offers a flexible, Web-based and open standard paradigm for controlling speech synthesis resources, thereby enabling the creation of high quality speech interfaces based on dynamic information sources. Voxpilot offers a complete SSML Processor as a component of its Open Media Platform for carriers and enterprises, which supports integrations with all the leading TTS engine vendors and includes its own optimised streaming engine for rendering Web-based audio resources.

-- Dr. Dave Burke, CTO, Voxpilot Ltd.

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