moderated Re: Jaws Dictionary annoyance

Steve Nutt

Hi David,


This is where NVDA has the edge, because you can add a dictionary entry as whole word only, or any part of a word, or even a regular expression.  JAWS is not that clever.


All the best





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From: <> On Behalf Of David Griffith
Sent: 25 March 2021 23:29
Subject: Jaws Dictionary annoyance


There is a constant dictionary annoyance  which I find with Jaws.

So for example Eloquence on Jaws  will mis-pronounce a name like Shostakovic. I amended this in my Jaws dictionary tonight to Shosta co vic to make it approximate to something like the correct pronunciation


However in practice this is not enough, because if Shostakovic is followed by a full stop. A comma, a colon then the    amended pronunciation will not work for me. This means that for every word I want to put in the Jaws dictionary has to be entered at least 4 time.

The first time without any punctuation, the next 3 times with a full stop, a comma, and a colon.

Depending on what I am trying to read I sometimes have to add the word 6  times to the dictionary because you have to also include version of the word with a question mark and exclamation mark and so on.

I assume that there is nothing I can do to avoid this annoyance at this time but surely it is not too great a coding challenge for VFO to make the Jaws pronunciation dictionary just a little more intelligent and smart and less dumb?


David Griffith





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