With millions of Web sites out there on the Internet, you’re going to have to think up some pretty innovative ways for your Web site to be noteworthy. And let’s face it, without a Web site that stands out, users won’t stick around and spend much time, or even come back.
You’re looking for more than just a pretty Web site—there are more important things than just luring people in. A lot of people just plain have trouble reading. And if your Web applications are speech enabled, users won’t have to do too much reading to benefit from the contents. Or how about users who might be seriously visually impaired or blind? By speech-enabling your Web site, even these people can benefit from the contents.
One more very powerful argument for using these Microsoft Agent technologies in your Web site is that they can provide not only speech, but also animation and interactivity. With them, your Web site visitors can get a guided tour of your site’s products and services. They can ask questions and get answers. They can point to the rise in sales for your company’s chart, which will be much more powerful than a plain graph.
The technology is actually built on ActiveX. Two ActiveX controls provide the Microsoft Agent character, animation, and speech capabilities. These controls are not server-side components, but they are embedded into the HTML and are invoked just as any other ActiveX controls would be in an HTML page.
You need to be aware of a few things before you use the Microsoft Agent components. The first is that the core components must be installed on the client computer before a speech-enabled Web site will work properly. The second thing you must make sure of is that the agent characters have been installed on the computer. And the third thing you must be sure about is that the speech module, which lets the Microsoft Agent components speak through your sound system, is installed.
You can download all the agent requirements from Microsoft Agent home Page: