MICROSOFT SPEECH RECOGNITION IN OFFICE 2003
(Updated July 19, 2005)
Microsoft office 2003 has an improved version of speech
recognition (which was started with office 2002). Here is a short report.
Improvements and resolved
The recognition engine is no longer 5.1, but 6.1. According to David Mowatt
of the Microsoft Corporation, this engine is significantly different from the
previous 5.1 version. For more
information see “How Speech Recognition Engine 6
At least part of the bugs of Microsoft SR 2002 seems to have
been fixed, as follows:
letters are no longer inserted in the middle of sentences after pauses.
comma is no longer inserted into year numbers.
data is rarely lost. This bug
used to occur in 2002 and in the beta version of 2003 when a long file was
entered for continued dictation.
An application is now available from Microsoft (click here)
for saving and restoring (or moving to other computers) User Speech Profiles. This little application takes care of
the added words and macros.
is still need to go to Command Mode for extended navigation commands (though
the basic navigation commands are available during Dictation Mode).
is no configuration feature to configure preferences (such as the format
of punctuation or measures and other signs).
is still no correction line to comfortably enter a correction when the
popup list of alternatives does not offer the correct item.
- It is
still necessary to repeat the first characters when typing the correct
item if the first two characters or more coincide with the first characters
of items on the list of alternatives.
space after a left parenthesis and a left quote is inserted still. In order to avoid that, you must not
cause even slightly after the taking the punctuation mark.
- Extra “00”
are headed to phone numbers (live $2,000.00 instead of $2,000).
is still very scant. Nothing
has been added to the Help file.
Installation of the speech recognition feature is not explicit.
[This text was dictated with Microsoft Speech Recognition
2003 and Telex M-560 Microphone]