Voice Enabling Web Applications: VoiceXML and Beyond / Edition 1

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Overview

Ken Abbott's Voice Enabling Web Applications: VoiceXML and Beyond is a comprehensive introduction to the concepts, architectures, and implementation techniques underlying the development of voice-enabled Internet applications.

This book is divided into three parts, each of which tackles an essential piece of the voice application development puzzle. In Part One, "Retrospective on Voice and the Web," you'll learn how VoiceXML integrates voice recognition and synthesis technologies with markup languages, and you'll see how VoiceXML (VXML) is a powerful vehicle for incorporating voice and graphical interfaces into today's web architectures. In Part Two, "The VoiceXML Language," you'll be introduced to VXML syntax and programming concepts, and you'll quickly learn how to develop dynamic voice applications by following along with the creation of a voice-enabled personal information manager. You'll also learn about Voice User Interface (VUI) design principles, and you'll gain valuable insight into the techniques used to create efficient, user-friendly voice applications. In Part Three, "Incorporating Voice into the Web," you'll be introduced to the architectures and components used to create large-scale web applications, and you'll learn how to use VoiceXML with other web technologies in a multitier, voice-enabled Web application.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893115736
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 11/16/2001
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 7.41 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Abbott is an independent software architect and consultant in the Boston area. His clientele spans the range from Fortune 500 companies to dot-com startups. Recently, his practice has focused on application of Java 2 Enterprise technologies to business applications. Before entering private practice, Abbott was technical director at XSoft, a division of Xerox, where he led the development of the InConcert workflow software product. He is a Sun Certified Enterprise Architect, an IBM Certified Solutions Expert, and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.
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Table of Contents

Author's Note on VoiceXML 2.0
Preface
Ch. 1 The Role of Voice on the Web 3
Ch. 2 The Convergence of Speech and the Web 7
Ch. 3 The Evolution of Web Application Architectures 15
Ch. 4 Simplified Personal Information Manager Example 25
Ch. 5 VoiceXML Concepts 33
Ch. 6 Outfitting Your VoiceXML Expedition 41
Ch. 7 VoiceXML Language Tutorial 49
Ch. 8 VUI Design Principles and Techniques 87
Ch. 9 VoiceXML Programming Guide 105
Ch. 10 Advanced VoiceXML Topics 123
Ch. 11 Overview of Related Web Technologies 143
Ch. 12 Adding VoiceXML to Web Applications 157
Ch. 13 The Web Application Prototype 177
Ch. 14 What's Next? 209
A Quick Reference to VoiceXML 1.0 Syntax 219
Index 241
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