Good stuff from the W3C

The World Wide Web Consortium has been busy recently advancing standards that make up the Speech Interface Framework:

  • VoiceXML 2.1 is now a Proposed Recommendation. No surprise here, as most platforms have already adopted the changes in the 2.1 spec.
  • Semantic Interpretation is a W3C Recommendation. This is an important one that I have written on before. There is a clear need for some standardization among ASR vendors with respect to SI.

It would be nice to see some more movement on the CCXML specification. Hopefully soon…

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Patent Reform and the Future of VoIP

Interesting article on the recent patent infringement ruling against Vonage, and how it could potentially impact other VoIP providers.

It underscores the real need to overhaul the current U.S. patent system. In the words of Gerald Faulhaber, a professor in the business and public policy department for The Wharton School of Business (quoted in the article):

It has gotten out of control. People are getting patents for all kinds of crazy stuff.

Amen, Professor!

UPDATE: Seems that Vonage has set up their own protest site. See it here.