W3C is pleased to receive the VoiceXML submission from AT&T, IBM, Lucent and Motorola.
The submission provides a description of an application of XML for marking up dialogs for interactive voice response applications. VoiceXML features synthesized speech, digitized audio, recognition of spoken and DTMF key input, recording of spoken input, telephony, and mixed-initiative conversations. Its major goal is to bring the advantages of web-based development and content delivery to interactive voice response applications. VoiceXML appears to be a good match to the dialog requirements identified by the W3C Voice Browser working group.
All submitters have indicated that they may own patents or patent applications which apply to the VoiceXML submission, but have not provided any detailed information on specific patents, or the components of VoiceXML which are covered by patents.
The submission will be brought to the attention of the Voice Browser Working Group for consideration as a basis for marking up spoken dialogs. As it is not clear what patents would be required by implementations of VoiceXML, the Working Group will likely require detailed information regarding IPR claims and the VoiceXML specification, and will work with the submitters to obtain clarifications.
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