FAQ on the Alexa Conversations Description Language (ACDL)

The following frequently asked questions (FAQ) are common questions about creating and editing Alexa Conversations skills by using the Alexa Conversations Description Language (ACDL).


Q: Can I create an Alexa Conversations skill by using the ASK CLI and then edit the Alexa Conversations artifacts by using the developer console, and vice versa?
Not currently. The interoperation between the developer console and the Alexa Skills Kit Command-Line Interface (ASK CLI) is a work in progress. However, you can use the developer console to test the skill and submit it for certification.
Q: Is there a tool to port an existing skill from the developer portal to files that I can use with the ASK CLI?
Not currently.
Q: Can I migrate an intent-based skill to Alexa Conversations by using ACDL?
Currently, use ACDL only for building skills from scratch rather than attempting to migrate an intent-based skill.


Q: What's the difference between request acts, response acts, and dialog acts?
They are similar concepts. The developer console user interface uses dialog acts to represent additional semantics for both user requests and skill responses. ACDL differentiates between request acts and response acts. For a cross-reference between individual request acts, response acts, and dialog acts, see Cross reference between response acts and dialog acts and Cross reference between request acts and dialog acts.