Sun's Java telephony API spec gets major backing
Applications will target automated voice response and directory services
San Francisco -- IBM Corp., Intel Corp., Lucent Technologies, Nortel, and Novell Inc. are throwing their support behind Sun Microsystem Inc.'s proposed Java Telephony API specification, Sun announced on October 9.
The API specifies the standard telephony application programming interface for computer telephony applications under Java and provides the definition for a reusable set of telephone call control objects to enable portability of applications across computer platforms.
Targeted applications include Internet telephony, customer service, automated voice response and directory services for corporate call centers, PBXs, and operator services to be used with devices ranging from hand-held phones to desktop computers and servers.
Sun and Lucent worked on the initial development of the Java Telephony API, which then was contributed to by Intel, Nortel and Novell. The proposed specification can be found on the JavaSoft Web site at http://java.sun.com/products/javatel/index.html.
Sun is seeking public review and comment until Oct. 30, when the API
will be submitted to the Enterprise Computer Telephony Forum. The
finalized specification will be submitted as a Portable Telephony API
to that international telephony standards group in November. If
certified as a standard, products based on the Java Telephony API
should appear in 1997.
--Elinor Mills, IDG News Service, San Francisco Bureau
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