Issue 51: Mobile services
Websites that use the spoken word will empower the illiterate
Guruduth Banavar, the director of IBM’s India Research Laboratory, wanted to allow people who struggle with literacy to create websites. So he and his colleagues have devised a system based on what is known as “voice extensible markup language”, a cousin of the hypertext markup language used on conventional websites, that allows a website to be built and operated more or less by voice alone. Dr Banavar thinks mobiles could be made to work much harder.