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New Speech Features in v11.50

New Verbosity schemes

Verbosity icon from the version 11 control panelIn addition to the four existing version 10 legacy verbosity schemes in SuperNova and Hal, version 11.50 includes four new speech verbosity schemes designed to meet the wide range of customer requirements:

Tip: You can choose which verbosity scheme is used by SuperNova and Hal by selecting it from Speech > Verbosity Level. To cycle through the Verbosity levels with a hotkey, using the Dolphin Default Desktop hotkey set, press CAPSLOCK + EQUALS.

Tip: SuperNova and Hal provide sophisticated speech and Braille Verbosity settings for over 60 control types.  You can edit existing schemes or create your own scheme from Speech > Advanced... > Verbosity.

New Spelling Speed Setting

Version 11.50 offers the facility to set the speed at which text is spelled independent of the normal voice speed. Using a slower spelling speed can be useful when clarifying the spelling of an unfamiliar or misspelt word.

Screenshot of the version 11.50 Voice Preferences Dialog that contains the Spelling speed options

You can change Spelling Speed from the SuperNova, Hal or LunarPlus control panel, by opening the "Speech" menu with ALT + S, and choosing the "Voice Preferences..." dialog with P. TAB to the Spelling Speed control and use UP and DOWN arrows or PAGEUP and PAGEDOWN to change the value. Press ENTER to save your changes and close the Voice Preferences dialog.

By default, Spelling Speed is set to be approximately 75% of the default speech synthesiser speed.  This value can be any value supported by your chosen speech synthesiser. Dolphin recommends choosing a value smaller than the normal speaking speed.

Tip: To spell the word at the cursor, using the Dolphin Default Desktop hotkey set, press NUMPAD 5 twice.

New Capital Letter Announcement Options

Improve productivity while editing and proofing documents by taking even more control of the way in which capital letters are indicated.

New setting to Increase Voice Pitch for Capital letters, found from Speech > Voice Preferences. With this setting on, when a letter is spelt either by:

The voice pitch is increased to indicate that a letter is in upper case. By default this setting is ON.

Note: The Increase Voice Pitch for Capitals setting only takes affect while using a speech synthesiser such as Eloquence or Orpheus which supports pitch change. RealSpeak and most natural sounding synthesisers do not support pitch change.

Tip: Hal and SuperNova allow the announcement of capitals to be set independently for: Edit Areas, Prompt Areas, Menus, ‘Read from here’ and while using the Dolphin Cursor. These settings are available from Speech > Text Style Announcements.

Change to Word Echo

Character echo icon from the version 11 control panelVersion 11.50 introduces a subtle change to the way in which word echo performs.  Previously, with character echo set to include words, if you used backspace part way through typing a word in order to make a correction, pressing SPACE or a punctuation mark at the end of the word would announce only the part of the word which had changed.
Word echo will now announce words in their entirety, irrespective of any backspacing which may have occurred while typing.

These are new features found in Dolphin's v11.50 Access Tools, read what's new in v11.50 to find out about other features of these products.