A W3C recommendation is the equivalent of a Web standard, indicating that the specification is stable, that the specification contributes to Web interoperability and that the W3C membership favors its adoption by the industry.
More than 370 companies in the VoiceXML forum support the announcement and are developing and deploying VoiceXML applications, products and services, including ATandT, BeVocal, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lucent Technologies Inc., Motorola Inc., Nuance, Tellme Networks, Vocalocity, VoiceGenie Technologies Inc. and West Corporation.
In support of W3C's announcement, the VoiceXML forum announced that the VoiceXML platform certification program will be launched next quarter, following the conclusion of the program's pilot phase. VoiceXML platform vendors are encouraged to submit their products for testing and certification by the VoiceXML forum. Platforms will be certified on a first-come, first-served basis.
To assist vendors in preparing their platforms for certification, the conformance test suite and test harness to be used in the platform certification program is currently available, at no charge, for public download from the VoiceXML forum website at www.voicexml.org.