Nuance Applauds World Wide Web Consortium's Advancement of VoiceXML 2.0

MENLO PARK, Calif. - Nuance (Nasdaq:NUAN) announced its support of the world wide web consortium's decision to advance VoiceXML 2.0 to W3C recommendation, commonly regarded in the industry as a Web standard. In taking this step, the W3C has confirmed the importance of accelerating the worldwide adoption of technologies that make information and services accessible via voice and phone. In the same way that the HTML standard helped drive Internet development, industry experts hope that VoiceXML will continue to assist in the broadening adoption of speech recognition for access to everything from airline reservations, weather reports and account status to automated directory assistance.

The W3C's recognition and promotion of VoiceXML 2.0 from a "proposed recommendation" to a "recommendation" comes after an evaluation process involving more than 500 tests and eight implementations in both prototype and fully released products. VoiceXML is part of the W3C's speech interface framework, a group of interrelated standards used to develop speech applications.
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