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VI.4 July-Aug. 1999
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What’s happening

Jennifer Bruer

back to top  MUSE Technologies Announces New Voice Command Capability to Multi-Sensory Visualization Software

MUSE Technologies, Inc. today announced the addition of Application Specific Language to the voice command capability of its award-winning muSE software. muSE is an advanced data visualization system that enables developers and end-users to experience complex information in multiple dimensions using sight, sound and touch.

Short for Multi-dimensional user oriented Synthetic Environment, the muSE system utilizes voice command, voice response, touch feedback, head tracking and other features that take advantage of human perceptual skills to explore, analyze and understand diverse forms of data in a manner that optimizes quick understanding and decision making.

Application Specific Language (ASL) permits users to verbally communicate with a muSE-based application through a natural language vocabulary that is unique to each application. Earlier versions of muSE required users to learn combinations of 40 voice commands based on a muSE syntax. With ASL, any combination of words can be programmed to execute a series of actions or macros, and an unlimited lexicon of commands can be based on industry jargon, company projects, complex system commands or any unique requirement of a specific muSE application.

For example, it is possible for a user working in an extremely complex simulation of underground oil flows to issue a voice instruction such as "Show Offshore Flow" to execute a series of actions that might previously have required a verbal instruction of "Overlay 1, Function 3, Option 4."

There is no limit to the vocabulary size that can be included in a muSE-based application.

For more information about MUSE, see

back to top  Bobby Approved Web Sites

Bobby ( is a web-based public service offered by CAST that analyzes web pages for their accessibility to people with disabilities as well as their compatibility with various browsers. The analysis of accessibility is based on the working draft of the W3C's WAI Page Author guidelines with the Page Authoring Working Group's latest revisions. All pages on your web site must meet these requirements to display the Bobby Approved icon.

back to top  Television Meets the Web
Amsterdam, May 21-22, 1999

Television meets the Web was the first of a series of seminars about European developments in the field of internet and television. It is a seminar aimed at corporate strategists and policy makers from the broadcasting and the internet related fields. Broadcasters, regulators, Internet developers, infrastructure providers, hardware producers and consumer organizations meet to learn about new possibilities, present their work and discuss the future.

Television meets the Web is also a network of companies with interest in this field, that wish to build out their European network and knowledge, and that wish to access contacts, research services as well as further seminars and meetings.

The first seminar took place in the Film Museum in Amsterdam, and in multi-media centre Media Plaza in Utrecht. Please send an email to if you wish to receive information on the seminar results and future events.

The first Television meets the Web seminar was organized by Van Dusseldorp & Partners, in co-operation with Corporate Members A2000, WorldGate and RTV Slovenia.

back to top  WebBoard 4.0

WebBoard 4.0, the newest edition of the popular Windows discussion and chat server, will raise the bar for the competition when it ships this June. WebBoard's ability to be customized, its scalability, and its easy management are unmatched by any competitive products, according to publisher O'Reilly & Associates, previewing the product at Spring Internet World in Los Angeles. WebBoard's more than 4500 customers, including corporate workgroups, educators, and ISPs, use the software's ability to help create communities of repeat visitors. WebBoard 4.0 is being developed by Chris Duke and Mark Bracewell of O'Reilly & Associates. Suggested list price is $1199, with upgrade discounts available (

WebBoard is the first conferencing/chat software to announce support for the new Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE), which will begin shipping this spring. MSDE is a local data storage engine which enables smaller operations to scale up much more easily as their operations and companies grow. WebBoard 4 also provides integration with Microsoft SQL Server versions 6.5 and 7.0.

WebBoard expands the ability for administrators to customize their boards. This offers Web professionals new ways to attract and keep visitors based on the look, feel and capabilities of their boards. WebBoard 4.0 includes pre-defined color and graphic styles, allowing rapid custom development. The new Open Scripting feature enables Web administrators to modify or replace built-in WebBoard operations using any popular scripting language. Administrators can further tailor a board by editing the HTML-based interface or incorporating additional graphics.

WebBoard end-users now will be able to post and read messages through their favorite news reader because WebBoard 4.0 supports NNTP. This gives users three different ways to read and post messages: browser, email and news client.

For corporate customers with mission-critical conferencing needs, WebBoard 4.0 is scalable across multiple computers. This means a single copy of WebBoard can live on multiple systems (redundancy). Web administrators can add more hardware, and thus power, as traffic increases.

Also new is the Attention: Messaging feature, which provides any user with the ability to direct another user's attention to specific messages.

Further information is available at

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