SpeechRecognitionEvent: interpretation property

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The interpretation read-only property of the SpeechRecognitionEvent interface returns the semantic meaning of what the user said.

This might be determined, for instance, through the SISR specification of semantics in a grammar (see Semantic Interpretation for Speech Recognition (SISR) Version 1.0 for specification and examples.)


The returned value can be of any type. If no semantic interpretation has been returned by the speech recognition system, null will be returned.


recognition.onresult = (event) => {
  const color = event.results[0][0].transcript;
  diagnostic.textContent = `Result received: ${color}.`;
  bg.style.backgroundColor = color;

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