Table of Contents
Begin Dictation-Using ViaVoice Gold --Second Edition, January, 1999
CHAPTER 1: SPEECH RECOGNITION AND VIAVOICE GOLD 9
Tired of typing? Looking for speedy transcription? 10
Speech categories: How VVGold fits in 13
Windows programs 13
Continuous speech 13
Discrete speech 14
Command-only software 14
Macintosh 15
OS/2 15
What about the computer itself? 16
About microphones 18
About soundcards 20
Should you get a new (fill in the blank)? 20
How this book can help 21
CHAPTER 2: GETTING STARTED 25
Eager to start? OK, let’s start – on how to start 26
Installing ViaVoice Gold 26
Should you enroll? 27
Make your voice a ready tool 28
Create a Desktop icon 28
Have Gold come on when your PC does 31
Start up with the mike asleep 33
Provide some visual cues 34
Make VoiceCenter always visible 34
Position the SpeakPad window 35
Other setting changes 36
CHAPTER 3: DICTATION IN VIAVOICE GOLD 39
Word processing and writing: an overview 40
The short course 41
Quickly improve your accuracy 42
Your mantra: Stop dictation, Save, Start dictation 43
What about proper names?  Spelling? 44
As for numbers 45
“Decimal point” 46
Now, let’s get serious 47
Consistent microphone placement 48
Pacing: Don’t wait for Gold 51
Scratch all and start over 55
Yes, really, you ought to enroll 56
Vocabulary Expander 60
How are Users different from Enrollments? 63
How does Train Word fit in? 63
CHAPTER 4: CORRECTING SPEECH ERRORS 65
Correcting misrecognitions 66
Basic correction advice 67
No-hands corrections, useful anywhere 68
If one word is misrecognized as two words 68
Correcting by mouse 69
What if the word is almost right? 69
What are the other Options commands? 69
What about Add Phrase? 70
CHAPTER 5: MORE ABOUT DICTATION 73
Fine-tuning techniques 74
Tweak the settings 74
Spotting speech errors 75
Tips for accuracy 76
Beyond the SpeakPad 78
Dictation into Microsoft Word 78
Dictation into other apps: ViaVoice Direct 81
Delegated or delayed correction 83
Saving the ‘session’ 83
CHAPTER 6: EDITING YOUR DOCUMENT 85
Editing text 86
Navigation 88
Next paragraph 89
Previous paragraph 89
Selecting text 90
Select paragraph 92
CHAPTER 7: HANDLING DOCUMENTS 93
Managing your documents 94
Saving your document 94
Should you tell Windows to store docs elsewhere? 94
To print a document 95
Print document 95
Print two copies 95
For a new document 95
To open an existing file 95
CHAPTER 8: MORE COMMAND MACROS FOR WORD PROCESSING 97
Essential macros 98
Workaround macros 98
Never mind 98
Open document 99
Case-changing macros 100
SpeakPad versions 100
MSWord versions 100
Speech correction macros 101
<Drives>  (for spelling) 102
Add phrase 103
Change the ending 104
CHAPTER 9: DICTATION MACROS AND TEMPLATES 107
Basic dictation macros 108
“My very own e-mail address” 109
Do dictation macros need training? 110
Magic and more 111
Entering a Web address: Dictation method 111
“Entry of Web address” 111
Entering a Web address: Command method 113
Entry of Web address 113
Anatomy of a template 115
Really advanced dictation macro techniques 118
“Boldface toggle” 118
Fancy doings with a template 119
“Font change template” 120
Eudora e-mail template 122
Copying a template 123
“Tab key now” 125
CHAPTER 10: GETTING AROUND BY SPEECH 127
Watch what has the ‘focus’ 128
What can I say? (What’s that box for, anyway?) 128
Some how-to’s 130
Minimize all windows 131
Adding to the Go To list 133
Why you would want to 133
How to do it 133
What programs to add? 136
Will you have to train your program name? 136
Adding to the Start menu 136
What can you say, really? 137
CHAPTER 11: TRAINING COMMANDS 139
The Train Word feature 140
Train Word, the sequel 141
CHAPTER 12: A REAL TOOL FOR REAL LIFE 145
Navigating your computer by voice. Really. 146
Coffee, chat and new mail 146
Going to the Net 147
Doing numbers 149
<Amounts> macro (for numbers) 150
Have the computer read to you 151
Common computer tasks 152
Find a file 152
If you leave your computer for a while... 153
Dealing with Office 97 154
AutoSum and other Excel macros 155
Closing Windows by voice 155
CHAPTER 13: COMMAND MACROS AND WINDOWS 157
Explorer macros 158
<Drives> macro (for Explorer) 158
Explore this 159
Anatomy of a dialog box 160
Anatomy of an application window 162
Document control menu 163
Mouse macros 164
Mouse click in the systray 164
Other unusual circumstances 164
Modifying and deleting command macros 165
CHAPTER 14: YOUR VOICE, YOUR ENVIRONMENT 167
About the voice 168
Other tools 168
Noise 169
Protecting the voice 170
CHAPTER 15: THE STRUCTURE OF VIAVOICE GOLD 173
The file structure 174
Backing up your user files 175
The parts of ViaVoice Gold 176
ViaVoice Options 185
CHAPTER 16: TROUBLESHOOTING 191
What about breath sounds? 192
Microphone setup ‘error’ 194
If no playback is heard 196
Troubles with recognition 196
What to do if nothing seems to be happening 198
When should you shut down the computer? 200
How to uninstall ViaVoice Gold 200
CHAPTER 17: VIAVOICE (PLAIN) AND VIAVOICE TRANSCRIPTION 203
ViaVoice without the Gold 204
The plain version, plenty useful 204
Olympus D1000 and ViaVoice Transcription 204
Getting the robot to read to you 207
CHAPTER 18: VIAVOICE 98 209
An overview 210
Advice on setting up  215
Attention, Eudora users 218
Positioning the windows 219
Making corrections efficiently  220
Correcting phrases 221
Advice on spelling 222
ViaVoice Transcription 223
Browsing the Web 224
Training commands 226
A SpeakPad bug  227
Making command macros 228
Global macros: a trick 229
Macros to create, or not 230
As for numbers 232
Where can I go? 232
Error messages citing DLL's 233
CHAPTER 19: COMMANDS AND OTHER CHEAT SHEETS 235
KEYBOARD AND VOICE 247
INDEX OF FIGURES 251
INDEX OF DICTATION MACROS 258
INDEX OF COMMAND MACROS 258
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: SUSAN FULTON 260


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