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Auditory User Interfaces --Preface

As humans, we see, hear, feel and smell. Human interaction is enriched by the concomitant redundancy introduced by multimodal communication. In contrast, computer interfaces have relied primarily on visual interaction ---today's interfaces are like the silent movies of the past! As we approach the turn of the century, computers now have the ability to talk, listen and perhaps, even understand. Integrating new modalities like speech into human-computer interaction requires rethinking how applications are designed in today's world of visual computing.

This book describes the speech-enabling approach ---a technique that separates computation from the user interface. Application designers can implement desired features in the computational component and have different user interfaces expose the resulting functionality in the manner most suited to a given user environment. This leads to the design of high-quality Auditory User Interfaces (AUI) that integrate speech as a first class citizen into the user interface.

We describe auditory interfaces in terms of a concrete implementation of an audio desktop. This book is directed toward practitioners in the field of computer interface design. It is likely to prove of interest to academic and industrial researchers as well as engineers working on the design and implementation of computing systems of the future.

May 15, 1997

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