Online VoiceXML Development Tools
In an earlier article for InformIT, I introduced the "basics" of VoiceXML development. If you aren't familiar with VoiceXML, I'd suggest you first go back and read that article before leaping into this one. VoiceXML is the burgeoning standard for building interactive voice-response applications using a combination of advanced speech processing tools, server-side scripts, and XML. After my first article was written (Spring 2001), AT&T followed up by launching their Voice Net access (powered by Tellme) in June 2001. AT&T customers can access the AT&T voice portal by entering #121 on their mobile phones. Sprint PCS is also offering a voice portal to their customers, based on the HeyAnita platform. These two moves are evidence that the technology has moved beyond the "startup" stage and is now ready for prime time.