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This paper, by Janina Sajka and George Kerscher provides the Digital Talking book background. Another important afb site for examples of digital talking books contains links to three Daisysamplers: the Martin Luther King speech, The Helen Keller Book, and Erik Weinmeyer's book.
Excerpts from Fact Sheet prepared for 2002 Federal CIO Council Showcase of Excellence Award Finalist, FOSE, March 19-21 Washington DC Convention Center
US Environmental Protecion Agency, Natural Language Interface to Web Content
The recent GSA Office of Intergovernmental Solution Newsletter, Issue 11: XML Applications in Government features 28 articles, providing an excellent introduction to the uses of XML by governments.
One of the articles "Building Peer-to-Peer XML Content Networks of Web Services for Federal Scientific and Statistical Data and Information: FedStats.Net and Beyond" by Brand L. Niemann, US Environmental Protection Agency describes an XML-based FedGov Content Network which uses FileMaker Pro from FileMaker, Inc. and the NXT 3 P2P Platform from NextPage, Inc. to deliver XML to VoiceXML and the Web. FileMaker Pro simplifies Web database development, provides very low cost deployment, and delivers XML output. NXT 3 provides not only XML Web Services and an XML Registry and Repository, but high-level data coordination and collaboration across distributed content.
VoiceXML is a Web-based markup language for representing human-computer dialogs, just like HTML
Tools to develop VoiceXML applications are available on the Web at Tellme . TellMe Networks revolutionizes how people and businesses use the telephone by fundamentally improving the caller experience with Internet and voice technologies (http://www.tellme.com/ and 1-800-555-TELL).