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But will Apple fix OS X's real flaw
Authored by: Mike Perry on Oct 26, '06 09:13:34AM

Having a better voice is marvelous, but the current ones are not only good enough that virtually everything is understandable, when I'm proofing they're good enough that I even can spot most punctuation errors. With a bit of practice, you can tell there's a period where there should be a comma.

But is Apple correcting the number one problem with its speech engine. Currently, they make it easy to read aloud an entire document starting at the beginning or to read a selected block of text. But's that's like having a car that can only do 70 MPH or poke along in stop-go traffic. What we need is the ability to start reading at the cursor point and keep reading until the end or until we stop the reading. That's how text to speech ought to be done.

And unfortunately, because Apple cripples text-to-speech this way, every application I've found but Tex-Edit Plus also cripples their text-to-speech feature, if they have one, the same way. Only Tex-Edit Plus lets us start reading at the cursor and read until we hit Command-period. That's text-to-speech done right. For the rest, the feature is so poorly implemented, it might as well be a bug.

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