Howto:Speaking Clock with Voicemail XML Script

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Applies To

innovaphone PBX, V7 or higher

More Information

The Speaking Clock is a telephony service that gives the current date and time. This is a typical Telecom service but is useful for blind and partially sighted people.

XML script

The service is realized using Innovaphone XML Voicemail script.

Every time you call the script, the XML writes a file called "time.txt". The content of the file is not important. Significant informations are file properties. In fact, the second action of the script is to use "store-getstat" XML element to obtain the day of the week, day of month, month, year, hour and minute. The last task is reproduce files stored in the "audio" folder for every collected informations.

The script is structured to use the Innovaphone Voicemail audio file.


Create a VM object in your PBX and put in the “Script URL” the path of your XML object. Example if installed in a directory called "SPEAKING CLOCK":


Assign a number to this object, now you can call it from any phone.

Sp vm obj.PNG

To set your language, download the appropriate Innovaphone Voice Mail package from and copy audio file in "audio" folder.

E.g. vm-it for Italian, vm-en for English, etc.

Edit the script at line 7 and change the value of variable $lang according to your language:

<assign out="$lang" value="it"/> for Italian

<assign out="$lang" value="en"/> for English

Edit the script at line 37, 46 and 57 and change the name of string2 variable to permit the right localization of files that play "hours", "and", "minutes" announcement.

Licensing Information

The aforementioned audio files are part of the innovaphone voice mail package and as such require a valid license. You thus need to have a voice-mail license installed to use them. Of course, you can record the files yourself to avoid this.


  • Download the complete file package of scripts and files described in this article.

Known Problems

Sometimes the store-getstat xml function has trouble to get stats. As workaround simply add a "<wait sec="1"/>" after store-cookie.