Alexa devices are very good at turning text into natural-sounding speech, but aren't always completely successful. In this video, learn about how to add markup to text to guide interpretation of response text.
- [Instructor] Amazon has put a ton of work … into making Alexa's speech synthesis as intelligent … and lifelike as possible. … However, there are times when you, as the developer, … need to give the speech processor some hints … on how to say things. … Perhaps you want to emphasize a word as you might … with bold or italic text in a document. … Or maybe you need to specify a pronunciation. … That's where SSML comes in. … Speech Synthesis Markup Language, or SSML, … is a set of tags you can embed in your speech output … that changes the way the words will be spoken. … If you're familiar with HTML, it's actually rather similar. … If we Google SSML, you'll find that the first hit … is related to Alexa. … Click on it and you can see some of the options. … Here's an example. … You can see it looks very HTML-like. … Here's a word spelled out. … Say as, interpret as, spell out hello. … If we want to try this, … we can head over to the Test tab … and go to the Voice and Tone section. … Replace the text here and paste that in, then click Play. …
- Designing effective voice interactions
- Designing an interaction model
- Building voice interactions
- Building an interaction model
- Alexa response functions
- Skills software development kit (SDK)
- Mapping values
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Design Your Alexa Skill
2. Alexa Skill First Steps
3. Building the Interaction Model
4. Enhancing the Voice Interaction
5. Publishing to the Alexa Skill Store
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