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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 charter period of the Voice Browser WG has been extended until 31 October 2014. Now the group is concentrating on the SCXML specification and published its Candidate Recommendation on 13 March 2014.

Following the publication of the Candidate Recommendation above, substantial comments were received and the group added changes to the normative language for history states and to the algorithm for SCXML interpretation. Furthermore, the algorithm has been changed to informative status. Therefore according to the W3C Process, the group published an updated draft as a Last Call Working Draft.

We expect to spend as short a time at Last Call as possible so that we can transition to the next stage as quickly as possible. The Last Call period ends on June 26, and a diff-marked version is available for comparison purposes.

Upcoming Activity Highlights

The group expects to transition directly to Proposed Recommendation once the Last Call period ends and sufficent implementations are obtained.

Summary of Activity Structure

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

This Activity Statement was prepared for AC 2014 per section 5 of the W3C Process Document. Generated from group data.

Matt Womer, Voice Browser Activity Lead

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