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Using Web Audio To Deliver Interactive Speech Tools In The Browser

Huckvale, MA; (2016) Using Web Audio To Deliver Interactive Speech Tools In The Browser. The Phonetician , 111 pp. 70-85. Green open access

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Abstract

In 2014, the number of web pages delivered to tablets and smartphones overtook the number delivered to laptop and desktop computers, with a majority of users saying they prefer these new portable platforms over conventional computers for many tasks. This shift in device use provides both opportunities and challenges for providers of speech analysis tools, phonetic demonstrations and language teaching aids. It is an opportunity because web standards mean we can make our applications available to a wide audience through a single consistent programming architecture rather than writing for one particular computing platform. It is a challenge because tablets and smartphones are less powerful, require different programming skills and have different limitations in terms of user interface. In this article, I will show how interactive applications in Phonetics and Speech Science can be written to run in web browsers on any computing platform. These are native web applications, written in HTML, CSS and JavaScript that can capture, replay, display, process, and analyze audio using the Web Audio API without needing any plugins. I will describe - and give the URLs of - some demonstration applications. I will discuss some future opportunities in the area of collaborative research and some remaining challenges that arise from incompatibilities across browsers. My audience is teachers and students with intermediate web programming skills wanting to build custom speech displays, perform custom speech analysis or run speech audio experiments over the web.

Type: Article
Title: Using Web Audio To Deliver Interactive Speech Tools In The Browser
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.isphs.org/1973.html
Language: English
Additional information: This article is published by the International Society of Phonetic Sciences.
Keywords: Speech audio, speech analysis, internet, web, programming
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475879
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