Thursday, September 30, 2004

IBM releases source code of speech software

IBM releases source code of speech software
Big Blue is releasing code to the Apache and Eclipse Foundations, but users will need to buy a proprietary speech-recognition system to take advantage of this.

IBM will release the code of various runtime and tool components to the open-source community to make it easier for developers to add speech-recognition capability to Web applications. The company announced earlier this month that it will give software components to the Apache Software Foundation, an organisation that supports a range of open-source software projects, to make it easier for Web developers to build speech-enabled Web applications.

It is also planning to give speech mark-up editors to the Eclipse Foundation, an open-source software development platform, to help developers to write standards-based speech applications.

Mike Milinkovich, the executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, told Builder UK on Friday that the mark-up editors will be implemented as an Eclipse plug-in and will be integrated with the other tools that it already provides. He said that increasing the number of speech-enabled applications will not just make it easier for people with disabilities to use a computer, but could eventually revolutionise the way we interact with computers.

"Voice is a more natural way to interact with computers. Accessibility is a key part of it, but the hope is to make voice applications truly ubiquitous," said Milinkovich.

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