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Re: Screen reader question

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From: Léonie Watson
Date: Dec 13, 2007 3:50AM


Vlad wrote:

"Would anyone know how to solve the following problem. We need screen readers to speak the following phrase, pausing at the commas (or other punctuation):

"Table 1, row 2, column 3""

Out of curiosity, which screen readers/TTS engines are you testing with? A rudimentary check with Window Eyes 5.0 and 6.0, as well as all major Jaws versions since 4.5, suggests no difficulty in reading the sentence correctly.

These aren't the only options of course, and the WE doesn't punctuate as clearly as Jaws, but the meaning seems to be conveyed. Perhaps it's familiarity with the cadences of different electronic speech systems that makes it seem understandable to a full time screen reader user. Either way, punctuating a sentence specifically for one type of access tech isn't adviseable, it'll almost certainly cause problems elsewhere.


Regards,
Léonie.


Which screen readers are you using to test this?

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Sent: 12 December 2007 22:01
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Subject: [WebAIM] Screen reader question

Hi,

Would anyone know how to solve the following problem. We need screen readers to speak the following phrase, pausing at the commas (or other punctuation):

"Table 1, row 2, column 3"

Currently, the phrase is being spoken as follows:

"Table, 1 row, 2 columns, 3"

..because the pauses are occurring in the wrong place, and altering the meaning of the phrase.

Would anyone know how to force a pause in a middle of text? The solution we are looking for should not be specific to a given screen reader/version.

Thanks.

Regards,
-Vlad
http://xstandard.com