voice portal
(VOYS pohr.tul) n. A Web site that enables users to find and navigate to other Web sites by using voice commands.

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"Voice portals are in their infancy, but when they're at their best, they allow you to navigate sites by voice alone, using both voice-recognition and voice-synthesis techniques. At their worst, they're frustrating and can have comical foibles. For instance, one site interpreted a cough as a request for the weather in Beirut."
—Bill Machrone, "Voice Portals: Read for Prime Time?", ZDNet AnchorDesk, July 12, 2000

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Schaumburg-based Motorola Inc. has introduced its VoxML, or Voice Markup Language, that ultimately will let people get information and online content from the Internet over the phone. The language translates the voice request to the language of the World Wide Web. Once the system retrieves the information, the computer provides it in VoxML, and the answer is translated from text to speech for the caller...

VoxML's success depends on the creation of so-called voice portals, say a Yahoo! or America Online service that works by voice command instead of through the PC, Meisel said.
—Anne Schmitt, "Loud and clear," Chicago Daily Herald, December 14, 1998

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