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Using The web-voice-command npm Package I Just Published

matoval profile image matoval ・3 min read

npm package: web-voice-command
The Web Speech API is an exciting glimpse into the future of the web. There are a ton of cool ideas I have for using voice to control the web. I will be build some in the next few weeks using the web-voice-command package that I just published.

Goal for this package

My goal is to make it easier to implement the Web Speech API. With this package installed you are able to integrate voice commands and voice-to-text in a few lines of code. Web Speech only works in Chrome at the moment

How to use it

The package has four methods you can call.

  • setOptions: Used to set options.

  • results: Returns all voice inputs.

  • startStop: Used to start and stop listening.

  • wordList: Returns only words you listed.

setOptions()
Default options are:

  let options = {
    persistentListening: false,
    listenOnLoad: false,
    language: 'en-US'
  }

setting language use BCP 47 Language Codes

ar-SA Arabic Saudi Arabia
cs-CZ Czech Czech Republic
da-DK Danish Denmark
de-DE German Germany
el-GR Modern Greek Greece
en-AU English Australia
en-GB English United Kingdom
en-IE English Ireland
en-US English United States
en-ZA English South Africa
es-ES Spanish Spain
es-MX Spanish Mexico
fi-FI Finnish Finland
fr-CA French Canada
fr-FR French France
he-IL Hebrew Israel
hi-IN Hindi India
hu-HU Hungarian Hungary
id-ID Indonesian Indonesia
it-IT Italian Italy
ja-JP Japanese Japan
ko-KR Korean Republic of Korea
nl-BE Dutch Belgium
nl-NL Dutch Netherlands
no-NO Norwegian Norway
pl-PL Polish Poland
pt-BR Portuguese Brazil
pt-PT Portuguese Portugal
ro-RO Romanian Romania
ru-RU Russian Russian Federation
sk-SK Slovak Slovakia
sv-SE Swedish Sweden
th-TH Thai Thailand
tr-TR Turkish Turkey
zh-CN Chinese China
zh-HK Chinese Hong Kong
zh-TW Chinese Taiwan
Use the setOptions function to change options.

 webVoiceCommand.setOptions({
  persistentListening: true,
  listenOnLoad: true,
  language: 'ro-RO' //set language to ro-RO Romanian Romania
})

results()
The results method is used to get all voice inputs and will return multiple arrays with each array separated by pauses in voice inputs.

 webVoiceCommand.results(function(result){
  console.log(result)
})

With the voice input of "hello world" the results method will return:

(2) ["hello", "world"]

startStop()
The startStop method is used to start and stop listening and is used with a DOM event. In this example we will use two buttons, one for start and another for stop. You can also use the same element as a toggle.

<button value='start' onClick={handleClick}>Start</button>
<button value='stop' onClick={handleClick}>Stop</button>

Now we call the startStop method in the handleClick function. The first parameter is the number of DOM elements and the second is the value "start" or "stop".

function handleClick(event) {
  webVoiceCommand.startStop(2, event.target.value)
}

This will turn listening on/off.

wordList()
The wordlist method is used with a list of words you want the user to use. It can be used with or without actionWords. actionWords are used to trigger lists of words to search through. I will show wordList with and without actionWords.

The wordlist method takes three parameters,

  • words: Array of objects.
  • withActions: A boolean.
  • callback: Returns an array of matched words if you are not using actionWords or a single word if you are using actionWords.

with actionWords

const words = [
  {
    actionWord: {
      name: 'pick',
      options: [
        {
          word: 'blue',
          alternateWord: []
        }, 
        {
          word: 'red',
          alternateWord: []
        }, 
        {
          word: 'yellow',
          alternateWord: []
      }]
    }
  },
  {
    actionWord: {
      name: 'select',
      options: [
        {
          word: 'home',
          alternateWord: []
        },
        {
          word: 'about',
          alternateWord: []
        },
        {
          word: 'contact',
          alternateWord: []
        }
      ]
    }
  }
]

const withActions = true

webVoiceCommand.wordList(words, withActions, function(result) {
console.log(result)
})

With the voice input of "pick blue" the wordList method will return:

blue

without actionWords

const words = [
    {
      word: {
      name: 'red',
      alternateWord: []
      }
    },
    { 
      word: {
        name: 'blue',
        alternateWord: []
      }
    },
    {
      word: {
        name: 'yellow',
        alternateWord: []
      }
    }
  ]

const withActions = false

webVoiceCommand.wordList(words, withActions, function(result) {
console.log(result)
})

With the voice input of "red blue yellow" the wordList method will return:

(3) ["red", "blue", "yellow"]

Conclusion

I will be improving this package as feedback comes in and as I work with it more. My next article will be on a game I am building using the web-voice-command package. All game control inputs will be voice inputs.

Posted on Jun 4 by:

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How does that work? I like to dig into things and figure out how things work. I build full stack web apps using JavaScript.

Discussion

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Thats pretty cool! Do you think that would be hard to add support for other languages?

 
 

I'll add the option to pick your language today. I'll let you know when I push it live.

I added the option to change the language. I show the codes you can use in the readMe.

thats awesome @matoval thank you. ill sure try to use and contribute with your project if i can. have a nice day : )

 

Very nice indeed. Thanks for sharing this...

 

You're welcome. I'm really excited to see how voice in the browser can improve users interaction with the web.