AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell
Command Reference

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Synopsis

Calls the Amazon Lex PostText API operation.

Syntax

Send-LEXText
-InputText <String>
-BotAlias <String>
-BotName <String>
-RequestAttribute <Hashtable>
-SessionAttribute <Hashtable>
-UserId <String>

Description

Sends user input (text-only) to Amazon Lex. Client applications can use this API to send requests to Amazon Lex at runtime. Amazon Lex then interprets the user input using the machine learning model it built for the bot. In response, Amazon Lex returns the next message to convey to the user an optional responseCard to display. Consider the following example messages:
  • For a user input "I would like a pizza", Amazon Lex might return a response with a message eliciting slot data (for example, PizzaSize): "What size pizza would you like?"
  • After the user provides all of the pizza order information, Amazon Lex might return a response with a message to obtain user confirmation "Proceed with the pizza order?".
  • After the user replies to a confirmation prompt with a "yes", Amazon Lex might return a conclusion statement: "Thank you, your cheese pizza has been ordered.".
Not all Amazon Lex messages require a user response. For example, a conclusion statement does not require a response. Some messages require only a "yes" or "no" user response. In addition to the message, Amazon Lex provides additional context about the message in the response that you might use to enhance client behavior, for example, to display the appropriate client user interface. These are the slotToElicit, dialogState, intentName, and slots fields in the response. Consider the following examples:
  • If the message is to elicit slot data, Amazon Lex returns the following context information:
    • dialogState set to ElicitSlot
    • intentName set to the intent name in the current context
    • slotToElicit set to the slot name for which the message is eliciting information
    • slots set to a map of slots, configured for the intent, with currently known values
  • If the message is a confirmation prompt, the dialogState is set to ConfirmIntent and SlotToElicit is set to null.
  • If the message is a clarification prompt (configured for the intent) that indicates that user intent is not understood, the dialogState is set to ElicitIntent and slotToElicit is set to null.
In addition, Amazon Lex also returns your application-specific sessionAttributes. For more information, see Managing Conversation Context.

Parameters

-BotAlias <String>
The alias of the Amazon Lex bot.
Required?False
Position?Named
Accept pipeline input?False
-BotName <String>
The name of the Amazon Lex bot.
Required?False
Position?Named
Accept pipeline input?False
-InputText <String>
The text that the user entered (Amazon Lex interprets this text).
Required?False
Position?1
Accept pipeline input?True (ByValue, )
-RequestAttribute <Hashtable>
Request-specific information passed between Amazon Lex and a client application.The namespace x-amz-lex: is reserved for special attributes. Don't create any request attributes with the prefix x-amz-lex:.For more information, see Setting Request Attributes.
Required?False
Position?Named
Accept pipeline input?False
-SessionAttribute <Hashtable>
Application-specific information passed between Amazon Lex and a client application.For more information, see Setting Session Attributes.
Required?False
Position?Named
Accept pipeline input?False
-UserId <String>
The ID of the client application user. Amazon Lex uses this to identify a user's conversation with your bot. At runtime, each request must contain the userID field.To decide the user ID to use for your application, consider the following factors.
  • The userID field must not contain any personally identifiable information of the user, for example, name, personal identification numbers, or other end user personal information.
  • If you want a user to start a conversation on one device and continue on another device, use a user-specific identifier.
  • If you want the same user to be able to have two independent conversations on two different devices, choose a device-specific identifier.
  • A user can't have two independent conversations with two different versions of the same bot. For example, a user can't have a conversation with the PROD and BETA versions of the same bot. If you anticipate that a user will need to have conversation with two different versions, for example, while testing, include the bot alias in the user ID to separate the two conversations.
Required?False
Position?Named
Accept pipeline input?False

Common Credential and Region Parameters

-AccessKey <String>
The AWS access key for the user account. This can be a temporary access key if the corresponding session token is supplied to the -SessionToken parameter.
Required? False
Position? Named
Accept pipeline input? False
-Credential <AWSCredentials>
An AWSCredentials object instance containing access and secret key information, and optionally a token for session-based credentials.
Required? False
Position? Named
Accept pipeline input? False
-ProfileLocation <String>

Used to specify the name and location of the ini-format credential file (shared with the AWS CLI and other AWS SDKs)

If this optional parameter is omitted this cmdlet will search the encrypted credential file used by the AWS SDK for .NET and AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio first. If the profile is not found then the cmdlet will search in the ini-format credential file at the default location: (user's home directory)\.aws\credentials. Note that the encrypted credential file is not supported on all platforms. It will be skipped when searching for profiles on Windows Nano Server, Mac, and Linux platforms.

If this parameter is specified then this cmdlet will only search the ini-format credential file at the location given.

As the current folder can vary in a shell or during script execution it is advised that you use specify a fully qualified path instead of a relative path.

Required? False
Position? Named
Accept pipeline input? False
-ProfileName <String>
The user-defined name of an AWS credentials or SAML-based role profile containing credential information. The profile is expected to be found in the secure credential file shared with the AWS SDK for .NET and AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio. You can also specify the name of a profile stored in the .ini-format credential file used with the AWS CLI and other AWS SDKs.
Required? False
Position? Named
Accept pipeline input? False
-NetworkCredential <PSCredential>
Used with SAML-based authentication when ProfileName references a SAML role profile. Contains the network credentials to be supplied during authentication with the configured identity provider's endpoint. This parameter is not required if the user's default network identity can or should be used during authentication.
Required? False
Position? Named
Accept pipeline input? False
-SecretKey <String>
The AWS secret key for the user account. This can be a temporary secret key if the corresponding session token is supplied to the -SessionToken parameter.
Required? False
Position? Named
Accept pipeline input? False
-SessionToken <String>
The session token if the access and secret keys are temporary session-based credentials.
Required? False
Position? Named
Accept pipeline input? False
-Region <String>
The system name of the AWS region in which the operation should be invoked. For example, us-east-1, eu-west-1 etc.
Required? False
Position? Named
Accept pipeline input? False
-EndpointUrl <String>

The endpoint to make the call against.

Note: This parameter is primarily for internal AWS use and is not required/should not be specified for normal usage. The cmdlets normally determine which endpoint to call based on the region specified to the -Region parameter or set as default in the shell (via Set-DefaultAWSRegion). Only specify this parameter if you must direct the call to a specific custom endpoint.

Required? False
Position? Named
Accept pipeline input? False

Inputs

You can pipe a String object to this cmdlet for the InputText parameter.

Outputs

This cmdlet returns a Amazon.Lex.Model.PostTextResponse object containing multiple properties. The object can also be referenced from properties attached to the cmdlet entry in the $AWSHistory stack.

Supported Version

AWS Tools for PowerShell: 2.x.y.z