The SALT Forum, a group of technology companies that advocates new speech standards for computers and wireless devices, announced 18 new members Thursday as it continues its efforts to shake up the telephony industry. SALT is an acronym for the new Speech Application Language Tags, a specification that the group is promoting. The SALT Forum plans to create an open, royalty-free markup language for speech-enabling applications. SALT technology will work over PCs, Tablet PCs, wireless personal digital assistants, telephones and other mobile devices, according to the group.
Among the new members are Compaq Computer, Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Korea Telecom, Siemens Enterprise Networks and T-Systems (a division of Deutsche Telekom). SALT was founded by Intel, Cisco, Microsoft and others. IBM also has its own speech-recognitioninitiative. The forum says it plans to add additional supporters in the coming months.