VoiceXML Forum Expands Board of Directors; Certifies 18 VoiceXML Platform Implementations

NEW YORK, SPEECHTEK 2006, Aug. 8, 2006 — Today at SpeechTEK, the VoiceXML Forum, a global industry organization chartered to promote and to accelerate the adoption of VoiceXML-based applications, announced that Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc., an Alcatel company, and Holly Connects have been named Sponsor Members of the VoiceXML Forum and have joined its Board of Directors. Genesys has become a Sponsor Member through its acquisition of VoiceGenie Technologies in April 2006. Holly Connects and Genesys join Sponsor Members AT&T, HP, IBM, Intel, Loquendo, Lucent, Motorola, Nuance, Oracle, Tellme, Verizon and West Corporation in providing strategic direction and leadership to the Forum. In addition, InfoNXX, Microsoft and Tecnomen have joined the Forum as Promoter Members. Continue reading VoiceXML Forum Expands Board of Directors; Certifies 18 VoiceXML Platform Implementations

VoiceXML Forum Applauds W3C

PISCATAWAY, N.J., Dec. 6, 2005 — The VoiceXML Forum today announced its support for the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) decision to include speaker identification and verification (SIV) in the next version of the Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML). VoiceXML is a markup language for creating voice user interfaces that use automatic speech recognition and text-to-speech synthesis and became a recognized Web standard in March, 2004. The decision to include SIV in VoiceXML 3.0, the next version of the standard, was the result of cooperation between the VoiceXML Forum’s Speaker Biometrics Committee and the W3C, the standards organization responsible for the technological evolution of VoiceXML and related speech technologies. Continue reading VoiceXML Forum Applauds W3C

VoiceXML Platform Certification Program Gains Momentum

NEW YORK, SPEECHTEK 2005, Aug. 1, 2005 — Today at SpeechTEK, the VoiceXML Forum, a global industry organization chartered to promote and to accelerate the adoption of VoiceXML-based applications, announced that twelve companies have certified VoiceXML platform implementations through the Forum’s Platform Certification Program. Avaya, Edify, Envox Worldwide, Genesys, Holly Connects, Nortel, Nuance, VoiceGenie, Vocalocity, Voxeo, Voxpilot and West Corporation have all received certification that their implementations are fully compliant with the latest release of the Forum’s VoiceXML 2.0 test suite. CT Labs, an independent testing laboratory working on behalf of the Forum, conducted the testing. More information about the certified platforms can be found on the Web at www.voicexml.org/platform_certification/certified_platforms.html.

“We’re increasingly hearing that vendors are choosing to certify their VoiceXML platform implementations in response to customer demand, and the volume of certification requests has been increasing,” said Bruce Pollock, chairman of the VoiceXML Forum. “Certification helps ensure cross-vendor interoperability of platforms, tools and applications, which stabilizes and matures the industry. That gives customers confidence that a wide variety of VoiceXML-certified platforms are sound speech technology investments. In turn, application developers and tool providers are encouraged to support VoiceXML, which further strengthens the ecosystem.”

“VoiceXML is the industry standard for voice-automated applications,” said Steve Cramoysan, research director at Gartner. “The advantages of having a standard go well beyond that of easing portability of applications from one platform to another. Customers should require that vendors who claim conformance to VoiceXML demonstrate their commitment by gaining formal certification of their platforms.”

How the Program Works

The VoiceXML Platform Certification Program test suite includes more than 600 tests that cover the W3C VoiceXML 2.0 Recommendation and is based on the W3C’s VoiceXML 2.0 Implementation Report. To aid vendors in preparing for certification, the Conformance Test Suite to be used in the VoiceXML Platform Certification Program is available, at no charge, for public download from the Forum’s Website at www.voicexml.org. Forum Sponsor and Promoter members also can download a Web-based test harness to aid in running the tests. Companies wishing to have their platforms tested may register on the Forum’s Website at www.voicexml.org or contact the Forum at voicexml-admin@voicexml.org.

The Forum expects that the Platform Certification Program will test for VoiceXML 2.1 conformance in the near future.

About the VoiceXML Forum

Founded in 1999, the VoiceXML Forum is an industry organization whose mission is to promote and to accelerate the worldwide adoption of VoiceXML-based applications.  To this end, the Forum serves as an educational and technical resource, a certification authority and a contributor and liaison to the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) and other standards organization.  The VoiceXML Forum is organized as a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO).  Membership in the Forum is open to any interested company.  For more information, please visit the Website at www.voicexml.org.

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Intel, Loquendo, ScanSoft, Tellme and Verizon Join VoiceXML Forum Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO, SPEECHTEK WEST 2005, Feb. 22, 2005 — Today, at the SpeechTEK West 2005 Conference and Exposition, the VoiceXML Forum announced that it has expanded its Board of Directors. Representatives from Intel, Loquendo, ScanSoft, Tellme and Verizon will join existing Board members AT&T, HP, IBM, Lucent, Motorola, Nuance, Oracle, Vocalocity, VoiceGenie Technologies and West Corporation in providing strategic direction and leadership to the organization. With the expanded leadership team in place, the VoiceXML Forum also announced its strategic agenda for the year.

“We are pleased to welcome these industry leaders to our Board of Directors,” said Bruce Pollock, chairman of the VoiceXML Forum. “Intel, Loquendo, ScanSoft, Tellme and Verizon have committed to VoiceXML, and their service on the Board will greatly benefit the entire VoiceXML community. The decision by companies of this caliber to participate at this level demonstrates the tremendous industry support behind the Forum and the importance of VoiceXML.”

With the new appointments, the VoiceXML Forum’s Board of Directors consists of:

  • AT&T: Mario Persico
  • HP: Scott McGlashan
  • IBM: Igor Jablokov
  • Intel: Tim Moynihan
  • Loquendo: Paolo Baggia
  • Lucent: Mark Disbrow
  • Motorola: Mark Randolph
  • Nuance: Doug Sharp
  • Oracle: Curtis Tuckey (Treasurer)
  • ScanSoft: Brian Eberman
  • Tellme: Brad Porter
  • Verizon: Kamil Hajji
  • Vocalocity: Ken Rehor (Vice Chairman)
  • VoiceGenie Technologies: Rob Marchand
  • West Corporation: Bruce Pollock (Chairman)

Expanded Leadership Team Sets Agenda for 2005

The VoiceXML Forum’s expanded leadership team also announced its agenda for the year. In 2005, the Forum will seek to promote and expand its developer and platform certification programs; continue to provide technical guidance to the Forum’s membership regarding VoiceXML, X+V and related technologies; advocate new technical initiatives; maintain a diverse membership community; maintain and enhance its cooperative relationships with the W3C and industry consortia; and support educational programs such as the 2005 Webinar Series (see today’s separate announcement “VoiceXML Forum Launches 2005 Webinar Series”) and the continued publication of the VoiceXML Review, (www.voicexmlreview.org) the online magazine dedicated to VoiceXML.

About the VoiceXML Forum

Founded in 1999, the VoiceXML Forum is an industry organization whose mission is to promote and to accelerate the worldwide adoption of VoiceXML-based applications.  To this end, the Forum serves as an educational and technical resource, a certification authority and a contributor and liaison to the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) standards organization.  The VoiceXML Forum is organized as a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO). Membership in the Forum is open to any interested company.  For more information, please visit the Website at www.voicexml.org.

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VoiceXML Forum Launches 2005 Webinar Series

SAN FRANCISCO, SPEECHTEK WEST 2005, Feb. 22, 2005 — Today, at the SpeechTEK West 2005 Conference and Exposition, the VoiceXML Forum announced its second annual series of Virtual Brown Bag Webinars.  Each educational Webinar covers a topic of interest to developers, program managers and others working with VoiceXML.  Beginning in April, Webinars will be held on the first Tuesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The first Webinar in the 2005 series will be an encore presentation of “An Introduction to VoiceXML, Part 1” on April 5, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. EST.  Other topics to be addressed in this year’s Webinar series include test preparation for the VoiceXML Forum’s Developer Certification Program; the VoiceXML Forum’s Platform Certification Program; and designing, developing and testing voice applications.  Tutorials on advanced technical topics such as semantic interpretation, Call Control XML (CCXML) and XHTML+Voice (X+V) will also be offered throughout the year.

“This series makes concise and thoughtful instruction by respected experts available to a wide audience, which is a principal goal of the VoiceXML Forum and especially the Education Committee” said Jonathan Engelsma, Chair of the VoiceXML Forum Education Committee.  “The 2004 Webinar series was well attended and highly regarded, and this year, as VoiceXML’s popularity continues to increase, we’re hoping to take it to the next level.”

All of the Webinars are available at no charge to members of the VoiceXML Forum.  In addition, the general public will have access to view select Webinars also at no charge.  More information, including Webinar registration instructions, session dates, times and abstracts may be found on the Web at www.voicexml.org/webinars.

About the VoiceXML Forum

Founded in 1999, the VoiceXML Forum is an industry organization whose mission is to promote and to accelerate the worldwide adoption of VoiceXML-based applications.  To this end, the Forum serves as an educational and technical resource, a certification authority and a contributor and liaison to the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) standards organization.  The VoiceXML Forum is organized as a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO). Membership in the Forum is open to any interested company.  For more information, please visit the Website at www.voicexml.org.

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VoiceXML Forum Launches Platform Certification Program

NEW YORK, SPEECHTEK 2004, Sept. 14, 2004 — The VoiceXML Forum today announced the availability of the VoiceXML Platform Certification Program. The Program consists of a series of tests to determine whether a VoiceXML platform is fully compliant with the latest release of the VoiceXML standard. Companies wishing to have their platforms tested may register on the Forum’s Web site at www.voicexml.org, or contact the VoiceXML Forum at voicexml-admin@voicexml.org. VoiceXML-certified platforms will be listed on the Forum’s Web site.

The general availability of this program follows the completion of a successful pilot program conducted with CT Labs, an independent certification laboratory contracted by the Forum, and member companies Nuance (www.nuance.com), VoiceGenie Technologies, Inc. (www.voicegenie.com) and Voxpilot Ltd. (www.voxpilot.com).

As in the pilot, the certification testing will be conducted by independent testing organizations chosen by the Forum. The VoiceXML Platform Certification Program test suite includes over more than 600 tests that cover the W3C VoiceXML 2.0 Recommendation and is based on the W3C’s VoiceXML 2.0 Implementation Report. To aid vendors in preparing for certification, the Conformance Test Suite to be used in the VoiceXML Platform Certification Program is available, at no charge, for public download from the Forum’s Web site at www.voicexml.org. Forum Sponsor and Promoter members also can download a Web-based test harness to aid in running the tests.

The VoiceXML Forum Conformance Committee manages the Platform Certification Program with support from the IEEE-ISTO (www.ieee-isto.org) and NCC Group (www.nccglobal.com). The Conformance Committee is currently at work on a program to test VoiceXML applications and tools for conformance to the standard. For more information about the VoiceXML Forum or the Platform Certification Program, please visit the Forum’s Web site at www.voicexml.org.

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 325 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 five active committees: Accessibility, Conformance, Education, Marketing and Tools. The Forum publishes the VoiceXML Review, an electronic magazine dedicated to VoiceXML, featuring insightful articles written by industry experts. Its public website (www.voicexml.org) is a rich, one-stop source for information about VoiceXML and related technologies. The VoiceXML Forum is organized as a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO).

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VoiceXML Forum Launches Developer Certification

PISCATAWAY, N.J., Jun. 1, 2004 — The VoiceXML Forum today announced the availability of the VoiceXML Developer Certification Exam.  The VoiceXML Developer Certification Exam will be administered by Thomson Prometric, the leading worldwide provider of comprehensive technology-based testing and assessment services.  Testing is now available through the Thomson Prometric global network of testing centers.  To register for the exam, go to www.voicexml.org.  The cost of the exam is US $150.00. 

“The availability of this certification exam is an important milestone in the commercial maturity of VoiceXML speech applications,” said Jim Larson, manager of Advanced Human Input/Output, Network Building Block Division at Intel Corporation and co-chair of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Voice Browser Working Group.  “This test will measure a developers understanding of the W3C Speech Interface Framework development languages, including VoiceXML 2.0.  The VoiceXML Developer Certification Exam will enable companies to audit their development teams’ familiarity with best practices and serve as an important credential for individuals seeking to join those teams.”

The VoiceXML Developer Certification Exam measures a developer’s knowledge of the W3C’s Speech Interface Framework languages required to develop speech applications, including VoiceXML 2.0, Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML), Speech Recognition Grammar Specification (SRGS), Semantic Interpretation Language and the XML call control language (CCXML).  It will also test how developers may use these languages effectively to create world-class VoiceXML applications. 

Major topics and technologies covered in the VoiceXML Developer Certification Exam include:

Topics
•    Simple call control concepts
•    Logging and its uses
•    Application architecture and flow
•    Speech application development
•    Speech application grammar development

Technologies and Languages
•    VoiceXML 2.0
•    Speech Synthesis Markup Language 1.0
•    Speech Recognition Grammar Language 1.0
•    Semantic Interpretation Language 1.0
•    Call Control XML (CCXML) 1.0
•    ECMAScript 262/327

Upon completion of the VoiceXML Developer Certification Exam, developers will be immediately notified of their results.  The VoiceXML Developer Certification distinction is awarded to anyone who passes.  Certified developers may choose to be listed on the VoiceXML Forum website.

Exam Preparation

The VoiceXML Forum website (www.voicexml.org) will feature additional information about the VoiceXML Developer Certification Exam, including a copy of the VoiceXML Test Description and a list of training organizations that offer courses in developing speech applications using VoiceXML

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 320 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 (www.voicexml.org) is a rich, one-stop source for information about VoiceXML and related technologies.  The VoiceXML Forum is organized as a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO).

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VoiceXML Forum Launches Platform Certification Program

NEW YORK, SPEECHTEK 2003, Oct. 2, 2003 — The VoiceXML Forum today announced the launch of the VoiceXML Platform Certification Program.  The Program consists of a series of tests to determine whether a VoiceXML platform is fully compliant with the latest release of the VoiceXML standard.  The VoiceXML Forum has engaged CT Labs (www.ct-labs.com) to perform the certification testing.  Beginning this month, Forum members Vocalocity (www.vocalocity.net), VoiceGenie Technologies, Inc. (www.voicegenie.com) and Voxpilot Ltd. (www.voxpilot.com) will work with the Forum and CT Labs to test their platforms during the Program’s pilot.  The Forum intends to expand its VoiceXML certification program in the future to include VoiceXML-compliance certification of applications and tools. 

“By ensuring that certified VoiceXML platforms meet the requirements specified by the W3C standards, the VoiceXML Forum will help to assure interoperability across platforms, tools and applications,” said newly appointed VoiceXML Forum chairman, Igor Jablokov.  “Our goal is to help eliminate customer confusion over language compatibility and functionality and to accelerate market adoption for speech-enabled applications worldwide.”

“VoiceGenie has always been an industry forerunner in providing full support for VoiceXML specifications with our speech platform solutions and we are keen to continue this trend as one of the very first companies to participate in the Certification Program,” said Adrian Lee-Kwen, vice president of engineering with VoiceGenie.  “We fully expect that the VoiceXML Platform Certification will become a mandatory requirement as a means to provide customer assurance that platforms adhere to proper and full implementation of the standards.”

The Certification Program was conceived and will be managed by the VoiceXML Forum Conformance Committee with support from the IEEE-ISTO (www.ieee-isto.org) and NCC Group (www.nccglobal.com).  The members of the Conformance Committee represent a range of companies in the speech and telecom industries.  Many of the members of the Conformance Committee are also members of the W3C Voice Browser Working Group.

Initially, the VoiceXML Platform Certification Program will test for compliance with the VoiceXML 2.0 Candidate Recommendation and the W3C’s VoiceXML 2.0 Implementation Report.  Following the Program’s pilot, VoiceXML platform vendors will be able to submit their products for testing and certification by the VoiceXML Forum.  VoiceXML-certified platforms will be listed on the Forum’s Web site.

Beginning today, the Conformance Test Suite to be used by the VoiceXML Forum and CT Labs in the Certification Program is available, at no charge, for public download from the VoiceXML Forum Web site.  For more information about the VoiceXML Forum’s certification program, please visit www.voicexml.org

About CT Labs
CT Labs is the leading supplier of independent product testing, certification, and analysis services for the converged communications, IP telephony, and computer telephony industries.  CT Labs’ testing automation specialists not only perform a variety of standard test suites that validate and exercise telecom products, but can also create custom-developed tests for special needs.  Testing solutions include telephone and graphical user interface functional, regression, and load / stress tests. CT Labs prides itself on working with cutting edge convergence technology and products.  CT Labs’ client list includes CommWeb (www.commweb.com) and Communications Convergence Magazine (both of which are part of CMP Media) for whom it conducts multi-vendor product review testing.  CT Labs was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Roseville, Calif.  For more information, visit the CT Labs Web site at www.ct-labs.com/

About the VoiceXML Forum
The VoiceXML Forum is an industry organization that 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 VoiceXML Review, (www.voicexmlreview.org), an electronic magazine dedicated to VoiceXML, featuring insightful articles written by industry experts.  Its public website (www.voicexml.org) is a rich, one-stop source for information about VoiceXML and related technologies.

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

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VoiceXML Forum Adds New Leadership

PISCATAWAY, N.J., Sept. 24, 2003 — The VoiceXML Forum announced today that it has expanded the Board of Directors and elected new officers. Representatives from Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), Nuance (Nasdaq: NUAN), VoiceGenie Technologies, Inc. and West Corporation (Nasdaq: WSTC) will join AT&T (NYSE: T), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Lucent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: LU) and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) as Sponsors and will join the Board of Directors to provide overall strategic direction and leadership. Igor Jablokov of IBM succeeds Bill Dykas as chairman of the VoiceXML Forum.

The VoiceXML Forum is a four-year old industry organization chartered with establishing and promoting Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML), a technology standard essential to making Internet content and information accessible via voice and phone. With the backing and technology contributions of its diverse membership, the VoiceXML Forum is uniquely positioned to help drive the evolution of VoiceXML and accelerate market adoption for speech-enabled applications worldwide.

"We are pleased to welcome our new Sponsor members," said Igor Jablokov, newly appointed chairman of the VoiceXML Forum. "Hewlett-Packard, Nuance, VoiceGenie and West have been key contributors in the Forum since its inception, and VoiceXML is critical to their companies’ speech strategies. The decision to invite these companies to become Sponsors and their interest in assuming a leadership role, demonstrates the tremendous industry interest in the Forum and the importance of VoiceXML to the industry."

Members of the VoiceXML Board of Directors include:

  • Chairman: Igor Jablokov, IBM
  • Vice Chairman: Mark Disbrow, Lucent Technologies, Inc.
  • Treasurer: Eileen Natale, AT&T
  • Secretary: Cindy Tiritilli, IEEE-ISTO
  • Director: Mark Randolph, Motorola, Inc.
  • Director: Bruce Pollock, West Corporation
  • Director: Dan Burnett, Nuance
  • Director: Eric Jackson, VoiceGenie Technologies, Inc.
  • Director: Scott McGlashan, Hewlett-Packard

"Our research indicates that revenues from the development of voice applications will exceed $1.5 billion for hardware, software and professional services in 2007," observed Dan Miller, senior analyst at Zelos Group, and author of the recently published Roadmap Report on the Voice Application Infrastructure. "Much of this growth will be fueled by the use of IP-based platforms to extend Web-based self-service applications over the telephone. The VoiceXML Forum has played an important role in defining the standard. New Sponsors and an expanding leadership will aid the Forum in driving deployment of VoiceXML as the standard for building voice applications on open platforms rather than proprietary IVR systems."

About the VoiceXML Forum

The VoiceXML Forum is an industry organization that 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 VoiceXML Review (http://www.voicexmlreview.org), an electronic magazine dedicated to VoiceXML, featuring insightful articles written by industry experts. Its public website (www.voicexml.org) is a rich, one-stop source for information about VoiceXML and related technologies. The VoiceXML Forum is organized as a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO).

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VoiceXML Forum to Offer Developer Certification Program

PISCATAWAY, N.J., Jun. 24, 2003 —The VoiceXML Forum announced today it has engaged Prometric, a part of The Thomson Corporation to develop and deliver the Forum’s VoiceXML Developer Certification Program. VoiceXML Forum members will oversee the program, and the Forum plans to launch the test program publicly by October.

The program’s goals are to set the core competency baseline for VoiceXML development skills; certify developers with baseline VoiceXML development skills; increase the number of skilled VoiceXML developers; and to advance the adoption of VoiceXML as the standard in the speech/telephony industry.

"The VoiceXML Forum’s Developer Certification Program is yet another indicator of the rapid adoption and maturity of VoiceXML within the industry," said Jonathan Engelsma, Chair of the VoiceXML Forum’s Education Committee. "By capitalizing on Prometric’s extensive experience in testing and assessment services, and the VoiceXML expertise found within the Forum’s membership, we are establishing an industry competency baseline for VoiceXML developers, designed to further promote and refine the technical skills of the VoiceXML community at large."

The planned developer certification test will measure a developer’s knowledge of the W3C Speech Interface Framework languages required to develop speech applications, including VoiceXML 2.0, Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML), Speech Recognition Grammar Specification (SRGS), and Semantic Interpretation Language. It will also test how programmers may use these languages effectively to create world-class VoiceXML applications.

"The VoiceXML developer certification program will help increase the number of qualified speech application developers as well as help hiring managers evaluate the credentials of speech application developers," said Tim Moynihan, director of marketing, Intel Network Building Block Division. "This is yet another benefit the VoiceXML Forum and open-standards offer to the speech and communications market."

To develop the program and create the tests, Prometric will be conducting two multi-day workshops this summer for VoiceXML experts to attend and contribute requirements and questions. VoiceXML Forum Sponsor and Promoter Members will nominate their own expert developers to participate in these wor

"The collaboration between VoiceXML Forum and Prometric to develop and deliver their certification program meets the industry’s need for valid and reliable testing and learning – further driving the skill levels of the program participants," said Michele Rhoades, Vice President of Global Sales for Prometric "This kind of knowledge credibility is what Prometric technologies were designed for."

The VoiceXML Forum web site (http://www.voicexml.org) is a one-stop resource for training tutorials, VoiceXML-related news and events, and other valuable information available to the community. The website will host additional information about the VoiceXML Developer Certification Program, including a copy of the VoiceXML Forum testing blueprint, as soon as it becomes available.

About the VoiceXML Forum

The VoiceXML Forum is an industry organization that 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 VoiceXML Review (http://www.voicexmlreview.org), an electronic magazine dedicated to VoiceXML, featuring insightful articles written by industry experts. Its public website (www.voicexml.org) is a rich, one-stop source for information about VoiceXML and related technologies. The VoiceXML Forum is organized as a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO).

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