Introduction of Web Speech API to Chrome and Firefox opens up some new possibilities in general interaction with websites and, more importantly, accessibility. Web Speech API includes two main components: Speech Recognition and Voice Synthesis. In this article, we are going to use the Speech Recognition API to implement basic Voice Search in Magento 2 header search.
In one of my previous articles, I have discussed the importance of accessibility on an eCommerce site, how to test it for accessibility and how to make some basic improvements in order to have a more accessible site. In this article, we will dig into implementing a more advanced improvement.
Before we start, please note that Web Speech API is supported on Google Chrome (enabled by default), Opera and on Mozilla Firefox (needs to be enabled in about:config) with global support of 60%, according to the…
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