Now that people are asking their smartphones about everything from billiards to baking, perhaps it's time we took a peek
at speech recognition software.
Indeed, the technology has been around for decades, so speech applications have gotten pretty sophisticated -- which is great
fun for users, but can create challenges for developers who are still working with older, flat text files. This week, author
Colin Beckingham describes how you can bridge the gap by moving
toward open source standards in speech processing. Learn how to use Python to convert existing flat lexicon files to
the Pronunciation Lexicon Specification (PLS) XML format, and then convert PLS files back to flat text format. This can increase
your cross-project compatibility, robustness, and extensibility in areas like Unicode.
It can also enhance your appreciation of your digital assistant the next time you ask her for a traffic update.
Until next week,
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
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