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Speech Interface Guidelines

Alexander I. Rudnicky
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890 USA
Telephone: +1 412 268 2622

This document provides an overview of speech interface design principles as applied to the range of applications that have been developed at Carnegie Mellon. For the most part these are workstation-based applications based on spoken language understanding technology. Nevertheless the guidelines should be applicable to a wider range of applications.

Speech interfaces have two properties not normally found in more mature interface technologies:

These properties dictate that speech interfaces incorporate a number of specific features. Below are a set of guidelines that should be followed in the design of speech interfaces.

Alex Rudnicky
Thu May 9 15:10:03 EDT 1996