A state-machine language in XML

Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer@nic.fr> Thu, 22 February 2007 14:52 UTC

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For those who would prefer a XML syntax:

http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/WD-scxml-20070221/

[Note the last item in the enumeration]

This document outlines State Chart XML (SCXML), which is a general-purpose event-based state machine language that can be used in many ways, including:

    * As a high-level dialog language controlling VoiceXML 3.0's encapsulated speech modules (voice form, voice picklist, etc.)
    * As a voice application metalanguage, where in addition to VoiceXML 3.0 functionality, it may also control database access and business logic modules.
    * As a multimodal control language in the MultiModal Interaction framework [W3C MMI], combining VoiceXML 3.0 dialogs with dialogs in other modalities including keyboard and mouse, ink, vision, haptics, etc. It may also control combined modalities such as lipreading (combined speech recognition and vision) speech input with keyboard as fallback, and multiple keyboards for multi-user editing.
    * As the state machine framework for a future version of CCXML.
    * As an extended call center managment language, combining CCXML call control functionality with computer-telephony integration for call centers that integrate telephone calls with computer screen pops, as well as other types of message exchange such as chats, instant messaging, etc.
    * As a general process control language in other contexts not involving speech processing.

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