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Opera’s browser finds its voice

Filed under: Accessibility — spiderwebwoman at 6:36 pm on Tuesday, March 23, 2004

From c|net: Opera is adding voice control to its browser, enabling users to browse the Web and fill in voice-enabled Web forms by talking to their PC. They can also have the contents of Web sites read back to them.

The next version of the browser is due in “a couple of months,” according to Opera Chief Executive Jan Tetzchner, which means that it’s likely to debut at about the same time as Microsoft’s Speech Server software, which is designed to improve the way that servers handle spoken commands.

From the Opera press release: Opera Sings with IBM’s Speech Technology:
New version of Opera Embeds ViaVoice from IBM

Oslo, Norway and San Francisco, CAMar. 23, 2004

Today at AVIOS, SpeechTEK 2004, Opera Software announced the upcoming release of a multimodal desktop browser that incorporates IBM’s Embedded ViaVoice speech technology. By leveraging IBM’s voice libraries in this version of Opera, users can navigate, request information and even fill in Web forms using speech and other forms of input in the same interaction.



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