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This article was published on March 22, 2011

Google bringing HTML5 speech input support to Chrome

Google bringing HTML5 speech input support to Chrome
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Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found g Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found gaming or consulting. Follow Joel on Twitter.

Google today announced in a blog post that it is bringing support for the HTML5 speech input API to the company’s Chrome browser.

The API allows web developers to incorporate speech-to-text transcription in their apps. Users with a microphone will be able to record their speech, have it sent to a transcription server, and show up as text within the web app.

Support for the speech input API will give developers the tools they need to introduce amazing new features in a variety of web apps, but it also has ramifications for accessibility.

While most users who are unable to type are already using desktop software to dictate computer commands, speech input-enabled web apps could help disabled users enjoy cloud computing the way the able-bodied do by imposing fewer restrictions on which machines they can or can’t use when they’re out and about.

Speech input support is available in the Chrome beta from today.