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Voice-Driven Web Forms: Speech to Text


Tarulata Champawat

April 28, 2020

With technologies like JavaScript native speech recognition API and a JavaScript speech synthesizer, the possibility of your favorite voice assistant acting as your navigator while you interact on the web is not far-fetched. Both technologies have empowered multiple functions on the website and make it easy to interact with the web. 

Read more to know how?

Overview: Speech recognition technology has gained momentum in recent years. It provides advantages on both an individual as well as enterprise level. Amongst the various benefits, the most notable is its ability to dictate speech and convert it into texts. With its help, users can fill forms and perform multiple functions without any physical contact with the device.

Idea: A web application ‘Hello,’ which can accept the commands from users without any keyboard or physical activity(touch, etc.). It is a library which needs to be included in the code. A user can speak the highlighted sections displayed over the web-application, and the browser will take appropriate actions. This will be a boon for old age and disabled users who find it challenging to operate computers or complicated forms. This can be applicable for registration or filling necessary forms like railway reservations etc.

Technology: The Web Speech API provides two distinct areas of functionality — speech recognition and speech synthesis, which are both an in-built feature of the App.

JavaScript native speech recognition API: JavaScript Web Speech API makes it easy to add speech recognition to web pages and allows excellent control and flexibility over the speech recognition capabilities. 

JavaScript speech synthesizer: The SpeechSynthesis interface of the Web Speech API is the controller interface for the speech service. 

Application: Hello offers various applications, and it is useful for older people or for people who are not very familiar with using complex websites. Some of the functions that the App can perform are:

When a label gets highlighted over the submit button read by the user like “Submit Form” then the submit button will get clicked.  

  • Read the story – This will start reading the description from the story.
  • Show gallery – This will start the gallery from the content.
  • Click Product category: This will open the drop-down menu, and when the user will say “select category 1,” then drop down will close, and a particular category gets selected.
  • Write a story: This will start converting the user’s speech to text.

Conclusion: Voice is our natural strength, and Voice Driven Web Forms has used the power of speech to interact with the web. In no time, the application will provide support for all the local languages and will help users to read or write content e.g., reading emails or sending emails. Lastly, the App will also customize a particular viewer application and as per your need.

Watch the demo video here

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