Here is a review of all the questions that were asked on the call today.
Q:How long can the text be that Alexa responds with?
A: I am not sure of the character limit, but I will double check. I had her read over 500 words with no problem.
Q: Provide a quick overview of what SSML does?
A: SSML allows you to control the way Alexa responds by adding breaks, pauses and external audio to change the way she responds to a user. You can find more about SSML here.
Q. What is an option for creating multiple versions of your skill?
A: I liked this question and it gives me a great idea for another blog post. If you are using AWS Lambda, select the lambda skill you want, then select "action". Under "action" click and choose "publish a new version". This will give you a new ARN for your updated skill. When you are ready, swap out the old ARN with the new one and save.
Q: Where can I find the Smart Home Skill tutorial?
Q: Can you have Alexa continue to prompt the user as opposed to promoting only once then ending the session?
A: Please add this ad a requests in the forum. We can collect information from other devs about why this might be important.
Q: What about monetization?
A: Check out this forum post.
Thanks for a great webinar today with many wonderful questions.