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Old 06-04-2021, 08:46 AM   #1
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Because it is often hard for me to type, I need speech to text. Dragon was a big disappointment. Too many mistakes. It's possible the Win 10's engine is licensed from Dragon, but so far it works better. Almost no mistakes with minimal advanced training.

When I first started using it it was reacting to commands as something it should type. I turns out this is a typical Microsoft thing where I have to us a Microsoft product in which to lay down the text. So I use Word Pad..

I've only scratched the surface with this. Not much testing. Very rudimentary tasks. But so far it's working better for than Dragon Naturally Speaking.

   
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Interesting! And as a result, I was looking at the list of commands you can speak here:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...a-a326160128c7

Considering that 95% of what I routinely write is computer instructions, a typical paragraph, spoken, would have Speech to Text bouncing the UI around worse than a couple dozen gerbils square-dancing on the keyboard.

Every third word would be something that it'd interpret as a command; and in the couple articles I skimmed, I didn't see any mention of an "escape" word, something you could say before one of the command words to tell it "just TYPE the word, don't act on it, ya hyperactive loon!"

Maybe it's there and I just missed it, but even if it exists, trying to write a typical paragraph of computer how-to instructions would be utterly maddening. Easier and faster to type with my nose. ;-)

   
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Thanks for the link. According to the instruction you would precede your word with the word "literal." Personally, I think it would be more fun to have a special nonsense word for commands.

   
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>> Personally, I think it would be more fun to have a special nonsense word for commands.

And more sensible/logical/useful. Especially if you're using the word literal ... uh ... literally. Or as you'd have to speak it to type that last sentence, "Especially if you're using the word literalliteral ... uh ... literalliterally." ;-)

If I were using this, I'd have to say stuff like: "First choose literalFile then literalOptions and in the literalOptions pane, click ..."

When the "literal"s exceed 30% of the text, I'm gone.

   
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>> Personally, I think it would be more fun to have a special nonsense word for commands.

And more sensible/logical/useful. Especially if you're using the word literal ... uh ... literally. Or as you'd have to speak it to type that last sentence, "Especially if you're using the word literalliteral ... uh ... literalliterally." ;-)

If I were using this, I'd have to say stuff like: "First choose literalFile then literalOptions and in the literalOptions pane, click ..."

When the "literal"s exceed 30% of the text, I'm gone.
I agree. I would think there should be a simple command to toggle verbal commands on and off. Like in vBulletin (on which this forum -- and many others -- runs), where if I'm typing a description of how to enter something in a post and I want it to appear as I type it, rather than execute the code it represents, I can open the post with the tag and then type vBulletin tags merrily along until I'm finished, at which point I type and, from there on, entering vBulletin tags will again generate vBulletin commands.
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