moderated Re: Is there a way to not have Vocalizer substitute what it thinks works for abbreviations?

Steve Nutt

That’s exactly what CodeFactory does, so I don’t know why Brian was writing all that, since everyone can have what they want, and the default is the same as Vispero’s.


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From: <> On Behalf Of David Goldfield
Sent: 16 September 2020 17:26
Subject: Re: Is there a way to not have Vocalizer substitute what it thinks works for abbreviations?


Brian, you wrote:
>>There is no winning here.
Perhaps not for everyone. Ideally, what I think would be a reasonable solution would be a screen reader setting to either allow or enable synth-specific exceptions or to have them disabled. Disabling them would basically give you a "what you see is what you hear" experience. I realize that some users might find it maddening to go through a list of addresses and continually hear s t and b l v d instead of street and boulevard but your examples of s t pronounced as saint instead of street is why I think this is so important and is personally one of the reasons for why I think Eloquence still has many users.
David Goldfield,
Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

On 9/16/2020 12:16 PM, Brian Vogel wrote:

On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 11:57 AM, Steve Nutt wrote:

Again, Nuance have already included it as a screen reader flag, so it’s up to Vispero to put a switch in the UI.

But it is important to note that the responsibility still lies with the synth, not the screen reader, in terms of how it behaves.  And I'll bet that once this ability to pass the flag/switch to the synth is implemented, it's going to result in quite a lot of complaints about it not being selective, and lots of things that one might want or expect to be pronounced "in full" that are abbreviations will be letter-by-letter instead.

There is no winning here.

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041  

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