Osborne: Standards Key to Multimodal Adoption
A common standard for developing multimodal applications is closer than ever, says IBM executive Ozzie Osborne.A common standard for developing multimodal applicationsthose that combine speech, text and graphicsis closer than ever, according to IBM Corp. executive Ozzie Osborne. Osborne, an IBM vice president and segment manager of Big Blues Pervasive Computing group, delivered the opening keynote at the Friday session of the VoiceXML Planet Conference and Expo in Boston. He praised the SALT Forum, an industry group backing a multimodal development technology that uses speech application language tags for joining the Multimodal Working Group of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). IBM is not a member of the group but belongs to a different industry alliance that favors a combination of VoiceXML and XHTML to develop multimodal applications, the so-called X+V group. The two groups, which have feuded in the past, are now contributing to the W3Cs Multimodal Working Group, currently meeting in Finland.
"Im pleased to say were now working together, trying to come to a single standard for multimodal applications," said Osborne in his keynote.