PISCATAWAY, N.J., Jan. 15, 2001 — The VoiceXML Forum today launched the inaugural issue of its e-zine, VoiceXML Review. Developed by the Forum’s Education Committee, the publication will serve as an educational vehicle for the VoiceXML community, and provide a mechanism for the Forum to promote its initiatives. The Forum anticipates the e-zine will foster growth and maturation in VoiceXML technology by educating the speech recognition community and attracting new participants. The e-zine can be accessed via the Web at http://www.voicexmlreview.org.

“For the first time, contributors and observers within the VoiceXML community will have a place to publish their findings and experiences, and learn from others on a regular basis,” said Jonathan Engelsma, Editor-in-Chief of VoiceXML Review. “The interest shown so far in this periodical is exciting, and we believe it has great potential in further disseminating VoiceXML knowledge and expertise within and beyond the Forum’s membership.”

The articles in VoiceXML Review will be authored by experts in the field of VoiceXML, most of whom are members of the VoiceXML Forum. The periodical will be freely available via the Forum’s Web site. An option will be available for readers to “register” themselves as subscribers, which will allow them to receive notification when new issues are posted. VoiceXML Review will also feature an interactive search page and an archive of past issues.

Each issue of VoiceXML Review will feature a blend of full-length feature articles, monthly columns, and news from the VoiceXML community. The first issue of the e-zine will present the following articles:

Features: "What is VoiceXML?” by Kenneth G. Rehor · “Activities of the VoiceXML Forum and the W3C” by Gerald M. Karam

Columns: “First Words: VoiceXML—Where Speech Meets the Web” by Rob Marchand · “Speak & Listen: Find Answers to Your VoiceXML Questions” by Jeff Kunins

The VoiceXML Forum is an industry organization established to promote VoiceXML as the universal standard for speech-enabled Web applications. The Forum, which is composed of over 350 member companies (4 Sponsor Members, 29 Promoter Members, and 320 Supporter Members), supports the work of the VoiceXML community through its conformance testing, marketing, education, and outreach efforts. Bolstered by a membership that has more than tripled in the past year, in 2000 the Forum launched a Technical Council to support its Conformance and Education Committees, and also formed a Marketing Committee. The VoiceXML Forum is a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO), which manages the day-to-day operations of the Forum.

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