The early adopter series titles from Wrox Press help you learn the new technology areas and also prepare for future advances of such quickly changing arenas.
|Book Review: Early Adopter VoiceXML
VoiceXML is an application of the Extensible Markup Language (XML) which, when combined with voice recognition technology, enables interactive access to the Web through the telephone or a voice-driven browser.
The book "Early Adopter VoiceXML" is truly a great resource that will help you get started with VoiceXML, learn about the VoiceXML development and deployment options available today, complete discussion on VoiceXML 1.0 syntax and overview of VoiceXML 2.0, Nuance SpeechObjects, use of VoiceXML with XSLT, ASP, JSP & PHP, and more.
The book is partitioned into total 11 chapters and 2 appendices. Chapter 1 starts with an introduction to voice technologies, the architecture, applications, advantages and limitations of VoiceXML. Chapter 2 mainly focuses on the software currently available for the development, testing and deployment of voice services.
The next three chapters (3, 4 and 5) are dedicated to discussions on VoiceXML grammars and markup syntax, while chapter 6 outlines the points that you should keep in mind while designing VoiceXML applications.
The distinguished quality of Wrox Press books is to show how the technologies can be used in real-life with the help of case studies and/or discussions on how a particular technology in context be used with other technologies to build applications. This book is no different. The next three chapters take a case-study approach to walk through the process of voice-enabling a Web site, voice enabling e-mail, and creating multiple interfaces to a single set of data.
Chapter 10 describes the powerful features that can be exposed by extending the core VoiceXML functionality with the use of plug-in components written in traditional languages. In particular, Nuance's Java-based SpeechObjects are discussed in this chapter.
Chapter 11 "The Future", as the title suggests, details where the technology may go, some text on VoiceXML 2.0, and discussion on combining voice and wireless technologies.
Overall, an interesting reading and I guess the best way to get started on learning and implementing voice technologies!
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Chapter 1: Introduction to Voice Technologies
Chapter 2: Getting Started with VoiceXML
Chapter 3: VoiceXML Grammars
Chapter 4: Basic VoiceXML
Chapter 5: Advanced VoiceXML Markup
Chapter 6: Good Application Design
Chapter 7: VoiceXML with XSLT (HTML and WML)
Chapter 8: Adding VoiceXML to an Existing Web Site
Chapter 9: Dynamic VoiceXML with ASP
Chapter 10: Nuance SpeechObjects
Chapter 11: The Future
Appendix A: VoiceXML Syntax Reference
Appendix B: Useful Resources