Testimonials for W3C's Speech Recognition Grammar Candidate Recommendation

These testimonials are in support of Speech Recognition Grammar Press Release.

Loquendo is very pleased to have participated in the collaborative effort for producing an XML-based interoperable grammar formalism which is now a W3C Candidate Recommendation. As a leading company in speech technologies and voice platforms, Loquendo believes SRGS will be a major market driver for VoiceXML speech applications.

-- Daniele Sereno, Vice President Voice Platform, Loquendo

As a pioneer in speech recognition technologies, Nuance is pleased to actively support W3C and the advancement of the Speech Recognition Grammar Specification to W3C Candidate Recommendation. We anticipate that this new open standard will benefit developers and end-users alike, and spur the creation of innovative and effective new speech applications.

-- Lynda Kate Smith, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Nuance

Openwave sees the Speech Recognition Grammar Specification as an important step in the creation of a unified standard for accessing Internet content on a wide range of devices and modalities. Openwave continues its commitment to open standards, particularly with our contributions to VoiceXML 2.0 through the efforts of Dave Raggett, Voice Browser Activity Lead, W3C Fellow, and Senior Architect at Openwave. We are pleased to see the quality of the W3C's ongoing endeavors in creating specifications that can be built upon by other prominent industry fora, such as the Open Mobile Alliance.

-- Bruce Martin, Vice President, Technology; Openwave Systems Inc

Philips Speech Processing regards standardisation key to creating broad adoption of a technology. That is the reason why we have heavily contributed to standards in the W3C Voice Browser working group, most notably to the Speech Recognition Grammars. The ability to build libraries and other re-usab components, even across recognisers, is essential to speeding up time to market and increasing quality.

-- Matthias Pankert, Director of Product Strategy and Planning; Philips Speech Processing.

PipeBeach congratulates W3C on the Speech Recognition Grammar Specification reaching Candidate Recommendation. Through our CTO, Dr. Scott McGlashan, PipeBeach is a leading contributor to W3C speech standards, including VoiceXML 2.0. We see the grammar specification as a powerful business enabler for the rapid development of interoperable speech services. The PipeBeach speechWeb platform provides extensive multi-lingual support for the grammar specification using world-class recognition engines. We are proud to have deployed our speechWeb platform with European mobile operators since 2001.

-- Christer Granberg, Chief Executive Officer, PipeBeach

ScanSoft is pleased to have played an active role in the development of the W3C Speech Recognition Grammar Candidate Recommendation. As the industry grows, businesses and vendors alike will depend on technologies and solutions that are based on open standards and are easy to use and work across multiple platforms. We commend the W3C for the work it has done on reaching this milestone, and we look forward to working with it and other interested organizations on ways to further enhance standards and common technologies for the speech industry.

-- Robert Weideman, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, ScanSoft

SpeechWorks welcomes the advancement of the Speech Recognition Grammar Specification to W3C Candidate Recommendation as part of a set of standards that facilitates easy, portable application development for speech-enabled services. SpeechWorks has demonstrated its commitment to W3C open standards by taking the responsibility for lead editorship for this new specification. Our partners and customers have embraced SpeechWorks' OpenSpeech product suite which fully supports this specification, VoiceXML 2.0 and other W3C standards."

-- Steve Chambers, Chief Marketing Officer, SpeechWorks

Today marks another important milestone in the growth and maturity of VoiceXML. A vendor-independent grammar standard is a significant development for the industry, enhancing the flexibility and portability VoiceXML 2.0 gives to large enterprises working with partners like Tellme to transform how they use the phone in their business.

-- Brad Porter, Platform Architect, Tellme Networks

Unisys believes that the work done by the W3C Voice Browser Working Group in developing a standard for speech grammars represents a major step toward interoperability of speech applications and therefore intends to incorporate W3C grammar support into Unisys Voice Portal Solutions. A standard grammar format will benefit Unisys customers by reducing application development time, improving reusability of applications, and reducing development costs because it will no longer be necessary to support multiple proprietary grammar formats.

-- Larry Srader, vice president, Strategy and Marketing, Unisys Global Communications Industry

VoiceGenie is committed to being a key player in the evolution of the voice services industry. As such, we fully support W3C's initiatives to establish standardization processes to facilitate the integration of diverse speech technologies. The introduction of open standards for speech recognition grammar specifications with speech resources will be a great step forward in providing customers with best-of-breed choices for ASR.

-- Stuart Berkowitz, President & CEO; VoiceGenie Technologies Inc.

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