This week's developerWorks newsletter: Voice input, Apache CXF, BPM, Ajax, and more
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If you're reading this, there's a good chance that you're using a keyboard and a mouse -- pretty standard equipment these days, and it's easy to take them for granted. (I know I do.) But there are plenty of situations where, for one reason or another, these common input tools cannot be used: Perhaps the user is physically unable to manipulate them; maybe the tools are not available. Whatever the reason, it's gratifying to know that voice input technologies are not only available, but have been evolving alongside computers for decades.
And as the number of situations that call for voice input continues to grow, the demand for well-built apps that use voice technologies will increase. Want to add them to your skill set? Then check out this week's top feature, "Trigger keyboard and mouse actions with your voice and
It's pretty easy to envision a future without all that hardware. I hope it gets here before I have to replace this ergonomic keyboard.
Until next week,
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
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