Testimonials for SSML

These testimonials are in support of the W3C Press Release "W3C Extends Speech Framework to Asian Languages."


SSML is considered to be very important at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), both by users of speech synthesis and by the developers of DFKI's own open source system MARY TTS. We particularly welcome the new multilinguality and pronunciation lexicon support in SSML 1.1, since they promote the important goals of interoperability and reuse.

— Massimo Romanelli, W3C Advisory Committee Representative, and Marc Schröder, Senior Researcher and Lead Developer of MARY TTS


SSML 1.1 enhances SSML 1.0 to provide better support for a broader set of natural (human) languages including Chinese. As a leading provider of Chinese speech and language technology, iFLYTEK is very pleased to see the publication of SSML 1.1 Recommendations. iFLYTEK supports the SSML 1.1 specification in its InterPhonic 6.0 platform which is the most widely used Text-to-Speech (TTS) solution in China. SSML 1.1 offers an available method to synthesize content for the user of InterPhonic 6.0. iFLYTEK supports W3C's efforts to enhance the user experience and is committed to the advancement of open standards.

— Yan Yun, iFLYTEK

Kyoto Institute of Technology

Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT) congratulates the Voice Browser Working Group on the announcement of Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) 1.1 as a W3C Recommendation. We expect that SSML 1.1 will play a key role in the development of internationalized speech technology.

— Associate Professor Masahiro Araki, Interactive Intelligence lab., Department of Information Science, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kyoto Institute of Technology


SSML 1.1 is an XML-based mark-up language designed to facilitate use of SSML (and VoiceXML & MRCP) for all languages - including Mandarin, Japanese, and many others. As a speech technology provider, Loquendo believes the SSML 1.1 Recommendation will drive speech applications by enabling fine-grained control of parameters - pronunciation, speaking rate, etc. - so enhancing TTS quality. It will enable service providers and content creators to deliver a richer user experience, while lowering barriers to accessibility for differently-able people. Loquendo is pleased to contribute to SSML development and actively participate in the W3C Voice Browser and Multimodal Interaction Working Groups.

— Daniele Sereno, Vice President Product Engineering, Loquendo


SSML is an important part of the overall ecosystem of W3C standards enabling speech across a variety of applications. SSML in particular provides a key way to render richer, more natural sounding speech. We are particularly pleased that SSML 1.1 provides advancements in several key areas, including support for Asian and Eastern European languages as well as improved audio controls for authors. The headway in the Recommendation is the result of the work of the dedicated individuals and companies around the world who value the importance of standards work and support the W3C Voice Browser Working Group. Voxeo is very proud to have been involved in this significant global accomplishment.

— Dan Burnett, Co-Editor SSML 1.1, Director of Speech Technologies, Voxeo

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