"Trolltech, IBM (NYSE:IBM - news), and KDE are teaming up at
LinuxWorld to demonstrate IBM's ViaVoice speech-recognition
technology running on Trolltech's Qt, a cross-platform C++ GUI
framework in the K Desktop Environment."
"Matthias Ettrich, a senior software engineer at Trolltech and
the founder of KDE, elaborates: "When ViaVoice is integrated
with Qt, it will be possible to control Qt-based Linux desktop
applications with speech input that is as simple as -- if not more
simple than -- keyboard input. Developers can build
speech-capability into the structure of their application from the
"In other words, the two technologies running together eliminate
several of the obstacles that have hampered widespread adoption of
speech-recognition on the desktop, including: inefficient
resource-use; sub-optimum performance; and the difficulty of
"bolting on" this functionality after a typical application has
already been written."