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  • Blog Post: Thoughts on testing speech applications

    Personally, I feel one area that we did not address overly well in Speech Server is allowing developers to test their speech applications. Granted, this seems to be missing from many platforms these days but I think in the case of speech applications this is especially important because they can be tricky...
  • Blog Post: Strategies for creating prompt database for multilingual applications

    Recently a customer contacted me with a question about creating multilingual applications with Speech Server. He had an application that ran in English and US Spanish and noticed that, while changing the synthesizer would switch TTS between languages, it had no effect on the prompt database used. ...
  • Blog Post: What should I use to write Speech Server applications?

    Recently, I have seen a few posts on other blogs asking what should one use to create speech server applications. To review, there are four ways to write speech server applications in OCS 2007. 1) Windows Workflow Activities 2) Core API (basically managed code without Workflow activities) 3...
  • Blog Post: Pet peeves about how we deal with children here in the US

    As those of you who read my blog have likely already figured out, I have no problem speaking whatever is on top of my mind. This post has been steaming in my head for some time, but I avoided writing it as I have a feeling that it will offend some people. If this post does offend you, then I can't say...
  • Blog Post: Don't live your life through pauses

    I really only have a handful of phrases that I live my life by. Some of these I read in books, while others I have found the hard way. Today, I am going to pass one of these on to address a mistake that I have seen too many people make in their lives. As the world becomes even more high tech this issue...
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