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:

•    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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