14.0753 voice-recognition software & MouseKeys

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Date: Mon Mar 19 2001 - 02:22:40 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 753.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: Thierry van Steenberghe (31)
             Subject: Re: 14.0725 voice-recognition software

       [2] From: MARTHA KREISEL <LIBRFMZK@Hofstra.edu> (3)
             Subject: Re: 14.0721 voice recognition software?

             Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 07:12:28 +0000
             From: Thierry van Steenberghe <100342.254@compuserve.com>
             Subject: Re: 14.0725 voice-recognition software

    In line with Martin Holmes comments, I would also suggest to avoid having
    to talk to your computer, or I'm afraid it will have to learn many dirty
    words... ;-)

    Instead, providing the machine is a Windows PC, I would suggest to try a
    less known feature of Windows Accessibility options: MouseKeys. It consists
    in using the keys of the (often underused) numerical keypad to emulate the
    mouse. Not only can you move the pointer with (higher) precision, using the
    keys around the [5], but you can also produce left clicks using the [5].
    The [-] key will set the [5] to a right click, and [*] will set a
    left&right click, while the [/] will restore the left click. [0] is used to
    click and hold, while [.] drops and restores the simple click. Of course,
    this is maybe more demanding from hands than voice commands, but it's both
    more efficient and less tiring than moving a mouse around.

    To check whether MouseKeys is available on your machine, go to the Control
    Panel and choose Accessibility Options. Click the Mouse tab and give it a
    try. To install it, if it's not yet there, choose Add/Remove Programmes,
    click the Windows Installation tab and select Accessibility, then click
    Details. Check the box besides Accessibility Options, then OK until you get
    out. You can now go to Accessibility Options again and click the Mouse tab
    to adjust the parameters, and be sure to check the Shortcut to be able to
    toggle the feature on and off at will.

    This feature is also useful for users of portable machines without an
    external mouse, specially those with the horrible touchpad.

    I hope this helps.


    Thierry van Steenberghe Bruxelles / Belgium mailto:100342.254@compuserve.com __________________________________

    --[2]------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 07:11:23 +0000 From: MARTHA KREISEL <LIBRFMZK@Hofstra.edu> Subject: Re: 14.0721 voice recognition software?

    I have purchased Naturally Speaking for my daughter who just doesn;t like to type. It works quite well, but you do need to spend a fair amount of time training the computer to your voice. It works even better if you read the manual. Hope that helps.

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