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The Audio Incubator is a community forum for discussion of audio topics.

Various W3C specifications, including HTML5, SVG Tiny 1.2, and SMIL, define <audio> and <video> media elements which define how to integrate audio into Web resources. However, none of these specifications provide a way to programatically access or create raw audio data, which could dramatically enhance the way we integrate media on the Web.


The Audio XG communicates primarily through the public mailing list, ( archive.

The group also holds a bi-weekly teleconference. See the Current Events page for details.


This page identifies various relevant resources, explores the topic of Web audio, and serves as the starting point for a potential Audio Incubator Group and ultimately an Audio Working Group.


Some of the more interesting potential around sound APIs are related to voice. Here are some interesting links:

  • W3C Voice Browser Activity
  • Mumble/Murmur: an open source, low-latency, high quality voice chat software primarily intended for use while gaming (Mumble), and a server component (Murmur)
  • Speex: an Open Source/Free Software patent-free audio compression format designed for speech