Testimonials for "W3C Standard Simplifies Creation of Speech-Enabled Web Applications" Press Release

These testimonials accompany the press release W3C Standard Simplifies Creation of Speech-Enabled Web Applications.


As leader in multilingual speech technologies and voice platforms, Loquendo believes that PLS 1.0 will simplify the creation of both Speech Synthesis and Speech Recognition applications - for the widest number of integrators and users, and in all languages. Pronunciation transcriptions can be incorporated into a single PLS Lexicon Document - rather than being distributed throughout the SSML documents or SRGS grammars - and Pronunciation Lexicons can then be reused and shared between different applications and with other application developers. This means that PLS 1.0 will enable prompt creators and service designers to create VoiceXML applications more rapidly, more easily, and with improved pronunciation and recognition accuracy - and all this is possible in any language, bringing all the benefits of standards to multilanguage voice applications.

From its very beginnings, Loquendo has been an active participant in the support and development of standards, and the company is very pleased to have authored the PLS specification, and will continue to give its full support to W3C Voice Browser and Multimodal Interaction Working Groups, as well as VoiceXML Forum activities, firmly believing in the competitive edge that being standards compliant brings.

-- Daniele Sereno, Vice President Product Engineering, Loquendo


As one of the leading developers of open-standards based multimodal platform & speech-enabled mobile applications globally and as one of the early & active contributors to the W3C's discussions on Multimodal Interaction & Voice Browser development, Openstream is very pleased at the release of PLS 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation. PLS 1.0 is an important landmark in the standardization and offers us a powerful mechanism in personalization of speech interfaces.

-- Raj Tumuluri, President, Openstream Inc.

VoiceXML Forum

The VoiceXML Forum endorses the Recommendation of the W3C and its Voice Browser Working Group for the Pronunciation Lexicon Specification 1.0 (PLS 1.0) standard. Like the widely-adopted VoiceXML standard, the forthcoming PLS standard will drive the adoption of speech technologies and reduce the costs of deploying speech solutions.

-- Rob Marchand, Chairman, VoiceXML Forum

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