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Voice Browser Activity Statement

The telephone was invented in the 1870s and continues to be a very important means for people to communicate with each other. The Web by comparison is very recent, but is rapidly becoming a competing communications channel. The convergence of telecommunications and the Web is now bringing the benefits of Web technology to the telephone, enabling Web developers to create applications that can be accessed via any telephone, and allowing people to interact with these applications via speech and telephone keypads. Historically W3C's standardization work on Voice technology of the Voice Browser Working Group was driven by the needs of call center telephony. However, today's mobile devices use not only the visual user interface but also the speech interface for accessing the Web, so the work is now driven by mobile device needs as well. Visual interfaces are very useful for accessing the Web but there are several possible barriers of communication only with the visual interface on small devices, and Voice technology could be a promising solution to the barriers. For example, Voice is available on any kind of phones and in all kinds of languages. Also it requires much less training to use since it is more natural than usual visual user interfaces.

Highlights Since the Previous Advisory Committee Meeting

The group concentrates on finalizing the SCXML specification, and published its Second Last Call Working Draft. on 1 August 2013. The main differences from the previous draft are numerous corrections to and clarifications of the normative wording as well as the algorithm for SCXML interpretation. These changes were made based on comments that we received on the first Last Call Working Draft. A diff-marked version of this document is also available for comparison purposes.

The group is publishing the Candidate Recommendation for SCXML shortly.

Upcoming Activity Highlights

The Candidate Recommendation of SCXML is to be published shortly.

Summary of Activity Structure

GroupChairTeam ContactCharter
Voice Browser Working Group
Daniel BurnettKazuyuki AshimuraChartered until 31 January 2014

This Activity Statement was prepared for TPAC 2013 per section 5 of the W3C Process Document. Generated from group data.

Matt Womer, Voice Browser Activity Lead

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