Monday, December 18, 2006

Dragon Naturally Speaking: Interim report #1:

I’m learning to use the Naturally Speaking (audio to text, and MUCH more) program to help me write some fiction. This week the program told me something I didn’t know.

I created a name for a female character: Castia. When I spoke that name to the Naturally Speaking program, I expected it to munge the name badly. (You can easily add words like this to the program’s vocabulary, and train it to recognize them, but I hadn’t done that yet.) The program informed me that ‘Castia’ is actually a word, I’m just misspelling it. Here’s how it converted Castia to text: Castilla. (And I admit, I would pronounce Castilla almost the same way.)

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