What's that you say?
Don't like the way Jaws pronounces something? No problem. We can fix that.
Speech technology has come a long way, but there are still times where Your computer will say something, but it's just not quite right. Jaws comes to the rescue with the pronunciation dictionary. You can access this function by pressing JAWS+D
Going Through The Process:
The Jaws dictionary has evolved over the years. In the past, all you could do was type in a word that was being mispronounced and type in its replacement phonetically in order to have it say it correctly. Now, you can use words or phrases, specify which language the word falls into, choose a different voice to speak the replacement information, or even replace it with a sound. Let's play around with that option.
Launching the Jaws Dictionary:
Press JAWS+D to launch the application. If the dictionary file does not exist, a dialog will be presented with the dictionary name. Simply press ENTER. If you're reading this tip within your browser, you will be getting into that particular browser dictionary file. If the dictionary file does not exist, JAWS will create it for you.
TAB through the window while listening closely to the shortcut keys. These can be very useful while editing within this program. Notice the TreeView. This is where all the words that you add for this particular program will be listed. Now let's add our first dictionary entry. Press ALT+A and we're on our way.
Adding An Entry:
I'm sure you've heard the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words". Sometimes, a sound is worth just as much. When Tabbing or arrowing through a web page, you will hear JAWS say the word, "link", when passing by links.
We're going to replace the word "link" with a sound.
Here's how it's done:
- Type the word "Link" (with a capital L and without the quotes).
- TAB past the replacement word as we are not going to use this today.
- Notice the sound selection is currently set to "none". Tab to select sound and press the SPACEBAR.
- Use the arrow keys to choose your sound and press ENTER.
- Tab to the "Play Sound" button and press SPACEBAR to hear your choice. If it doesn't please you, you can repeat steps 3 and 4 to change and test your new sound selection.
- Tab twice to move past the language options. These are for when you are replacing text instead of sound. While on the "case Sensitive" check box, press the SPACEBAR to ensure that only the capitalized word "Link" will be recognized. This will minimize Jaws using the sound replacement while reading.
- TAB to the "OK" button and press the SPACEBAR.
- That's it. Press ALT+F4 to close the program. Choose "Yes" to save the changes.
Now for the fun Part. TAB or arrow around. WHEN JAWS encounters the word "Link", it will play the chosen sound instead. Pretty neat eh?
Try adding more words to the pronunciation dictionary. Notice that you can also add phrases if you like instead of just words. JAWS tends to have problems with last names. Don't like one of your changes? No problem. Find it in the treeview and delete it with the "Delete" button, or just press ALT+D.
Why not look at the default Jaws Dictionary. This is where you can find out how Jaws is really language impaired. To do this, do the following:
While in the JAWS Dictionary, press CONTROL+O, then press the letter D until you hear default and then pres ENTER.
Navigate through the tree view for your listening pleasure.
The JAWS dictionary let's you customize word or phrase pronunciations. You can replace any word or phrase with a sound instead. You can even get JAWS to recognize the replacement info for a specific language.
Press JAWS+F1 at any time within the Dictionary window to hear helpful descriptions on the focused element.
Once you're done, you'll have your Jaws purr'ur'ur'ur'ing in your ear.