Natural Language Interface to a Library Database
For many software systems (e.g., computer aided design and computer aided software engineering tools), high-resolution graphical windowing interfaces are the appropriate user interface technology. However, for systems like a library database, inexpensive “dumb” terminals that accept natural language (NL) commands and that respond in natural language provide a much more usable interaction for those who care most about getting their data management tasks done quickly. Clearly, natural language processing systems augmented by reliable speech recognition systems will, in the near future, provide the most natural possible man-machine interface for low-bandwidth interactions.
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