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Creating Multimodal Applications Using the IBM Multimodal Toolkit : Page 4

As computing becomes more pervasive, different kinds of user input such as voice are required. Get a head start on learning how to include client-side voice technology using the IBM Multimodal Toolkit.


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The Key Benefits of the IBM Multimodal Toolkit
As you've just seen, the IBM Multimodal toolkit provides several advantages over hand-coding your X+V interfaces. First, having multimodal browsers in which to test your code is priceless. Of course, you could download just the appropriate handheld client for your work, but having to switch between your development workstation and your handheld for each bit of testing and debugging is a real chore—and the only other option would be going entirely without. Driving at night in the fog without headlights isn't my idea of fun and neither is debugging a Web application without a client on my development machine!

Aside from giving you an excellent test tool, the IBM Multimodal toolkit also provides an excellent collection of wizards to speed the coding of common tasks, such as specifying specific kinds of forms input and often-used grammars. Key among these are the prebuilt snippets of X+V code, such as tested dialog components for entering addresses, credit card numbers, URLs, email addresses, and so on. Each of us, as developers, build a library of snippets for such things; why not leverage the library built by a leader in the field?

By continuing to lead and leverage global standards, the IBM Multimodal toolkit is an excellent way to get your feet wet in writing multimodal applications, whether you're about to deploy a mobile Web solution or just keeping current with the latest trends.



Ray Rischpater is the chief architect at Rocket Mobile, Inc., specializing in the design and development of messaging and information access applications for today's wireless devices. Ray is the author of several books on software development including "eBay Application Development" and "Software Development for the QUALCOMM BREW Platform," both available from Apress, and is an active amateur radio operator.
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