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VoiceXML Forum Endorses VoiceXML 2.0 and XHTML+Voice Profile

VoiceXML Forum Endorses Advancement of VoiceXML 2.0 Specification to Proposed Recommendation

Announces Availability of X+V 1.2 as Multimodal Solution of Choice

Forum Acts as Official Steward of X+V Specification

Piscataway, NJ, USA. February 03, 2004.

The VoiceXML Forum today announced its support for the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C's) release of Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML) 2.0 as a Proposed Recommendation. VoiceXML 2.0 has advanced to the Proposed Recommendation stage, and is therefore one small step away from becoming an official W3C standard. The Forum also announced today the availability of the X+V (XHTML+Voice Profile) specification, version 1.2. The newest version of this multimodal interface specification is now available for download on the VoiceXML Forum's website at

"The VoiceXML Forum is pleased that VoiceXML 2.0 has reached Proposed Recommendation status," said Igor Jablokov, Chairman of the VoiceXML Forum and Program Director, Multimodal and Voice Portal Products, IBM. "VoiceXML has become the dominant standard in enabling speech interaction across a diverse set of applications, industries and end-users. VoiceXML is a strategic part of the portfolios of many of our member companies, with industry support increasing, in large part due to the W3C's work in championing open standards. The Forum looks forward to continuing its work alongside the W3C to promote VoiceXML as the technology standard essential to making Internet content and information accessible via voice and phone."

X+V: the Multimodal Solution of Choice

For multimodal speech applications, X+V is becoming the multimodal solution of choice for developers, vendors and the industry at large. X+V brings spoken interaction to standard Web content by integrating a set of mature Web technologies such as XHTML and XML Events with VoiceXML and XML grammars developed as part of the W3C Speech Interface Framework. X+V brings together voice modules that support speech synthesis, speech dialogs, command and control, speech grammars and event model reuse. The newest version of X+V has been updated to complement the W3C's VoiceXML 2.0 specification.

Companies such as ACCESS Co., Ltd., IBM Corp., Kirusa, Inc., Motorola, Inc., NewportWorks, Inc., Openstream Inc., Opera Software ASA, Real Soft, Inc. and V-Enable Inc. have demonstrated recent interest in X+V.

"As wireless technologies and pervasive computing enable access to data in multiple form factors, the use of X+V will become a catalyst for growth of the speech industry," said James Ferrans, Chairman of the VoiceXML Forum's Technical Council and Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Motorola Labs. "The Forum is now the official steward of the X+V specification. We will work closely with the membership of the W3C Multimodal Interaction and Voice Browser Working Groups to continue to evolve this specification."

About the VoiceXML Forum

The VoiceXML Forum is an industry organization formed to create and promote the Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML). With the backing and contributions of its diverse membership, including key industry leaders, since its inception, the VoiceXML Forum has successfully driven market acceptance of VoiceXML through a wide array of speech-enabled applications. Currently, the Forum has more than 380 member companies, distributed across three membership categories (Sponsor, Promoter and Supporter). Membership in the Forum is open to any interested company.

The core activities of the VoiceXML Forum are driven by its four active committees: Education, Marketing, Tools and Conformance. The Forum publishes the VoiceXML Review, an electronic magazine dedicated to VoiceXML, featuring insightful articles written by industry experts. Its public website ( is a rich, one-stop source for information about VoiceXML and related technologies.

For more information about the VoiceXML Forum, please visit or contact the VoiceXML Forum Administrative Team at +1 732 465 6464 or via e-mail at The VoiceXML Forum is organized as a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO).


VoiceXML Forum
Cindy Tiritilli
Tel: +1 732-981-3434

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See details in the news story: "W3C Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML) 2.0 a Proposed Recommendation." General references in "VoiceXML Forum."

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