Testimonials for: Digital Ink Standard Enhances Device Integration

These testimonials are in support of the W3C Press Release "Digital Ink Standard Enhances Device Integration."

Microsoft · Openstream · Waterloo Maple


Microsoft is pleased to be part of the W3C Multimodal Interaction Working Group and we are excited about the Ink Markup Language (InkML) specification becoming a W3C Recommendation.

Microsoft is committed to incorporating support for natural input into its products. Input methods such as ink handwriting and diagrams expand the types of content that can be created and stored in digital form. The usefulness of such information relies on the ability to create accurate interpretations of the data and the ability to persist these interpretations in an openly accessible format. As a member of the W3C Multimodal Interaction working group, Microsoft supports the InkML 1.0 Recommendation as an effective approach to representing interpretations of natural input.

The InkML standard provides a rich language for expressing the archiving or streaming of digital ink content. A key concern for Microsoft as the company moves to support open file and data exchange formats is that the standards which are ultimately adopted allow for the accurate representation of existing data, typically represented in proprietary binary formats. The InkML standard, along with the related EMMA standard, provides the desired compatibility with existing Microsoft formats. As such, Microsoft believes that the adoption of these specifications will make natural input data available to a broader range of clients, ultimately making such data more useful and valuable.

Tom Underhill, Microsoft Office Development Lead and Co-Editor of the W3C InkML specification


In its ongoing commitment to open and interoperable standards as a W3C Member, Openstream is very pleased to be able to contribute to the development and inter-operability testing of InkML 1.0. InkML annotations of images is already available through Openstream's Cue-me(tm) Context-aware Multimodal Platform allowing for creation of rich annotations for inputs of different modalities within a Multimodal Application using Open Data Format in a platform-independent way.

Raj Tumuluri, President and Chief Executive Officer, Openstream

Waterloo Maple

InkML opens the way for 2-dimensional input to be shared between different applications on a variety of platforms. This qualitatively changes the ease of use for several areas, including mathematics.

Stephen M. Watt, Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple

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