Replacing Touching - Using Voice
This ADE will provide you with a quick introduction to using a
voice recognition program while navigating a user interface and
In this ADE your goal will be to use a voice recognition
program (i.e., software that converts speech to text) to navigate web
pages and dictate some text.
At the end of this ADE, you will have experienced some of the
difficulties of navigating websites and dictating text with a voice
recognition program. You will be able to discuss the impact of using
speech as a primary modality in navigation and dictation tasks.
Note: This ADE requires the use of Microsoft Windows 7 or later.
Speech Reference Card
A list of comands can be found by saying "What can I say" and
under Start --> Control Panel --> Ease of Access
-->Speech Recognition --> Open Speech Reference
Card. Below is a set of common command for this ADE.
Controlling the Speech Recognition Application
- What can I say
- show speech options
- hide speech options
- start listening
- stop listening
Navigation / Commanding
- select (previous sentence, next two sentences)
- go to ... (the start of the document) (the end of the
- go after ...
- press ...
- scroll up / scroll down (1-20)
- show numbers
- close that
- restore that
- maximize that
- Minimize that
- Switch to
- Undo / Undo that / Delete that
- Select ... through ...
- Clear Selection
- Spell it
- New line
- New paragraph
- Exclamation Mark
- Question Mark
What to Do:
- To begin, please view the video "Windows Speech Recognition Demonstration".
A transcript of the video is also
- Adaptation Training
Adaptation training helps the application recognize your voice.
Note: To get the full voice recognition experience, please refrain from
using the mouse or keyboard for the remaining of this ADE.
- Start --> Control Panel -->
Control Panel --> Ease of Access -->Speech
- First, do Set up microphone. This is to ensure that the
microphone is working.
- Next, Take Speech Tutorial. It will teach you the
basics of speech recognition commands.
- Then, Train your computer to better understand you.
This is an optional step, however, training will help improve the
accuracy of the system.
- You are now ready to start using Microsoft Window's
speech recognition program. Select "Start Speech Recognition". When
asked, choose to "Disable Document review".
- Tell the Speech Recognition system to open Notepad.
- Describe the Notepad application. (what it looks like,
the menus, the features, whether or not you like it, etc.)
- Dictate the following words and phrases, starting a new
line after each set of words or phrases.
- The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
- Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
- Bear, bare.
- Chile, chili, chilly.
- A flea and a fly flew up in a flue.
Said the flea, "Let us fly!"
Said the fly, "Let us flee!"
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.
- Oh, Owe
- Navigation / Commanding
- Open Internet Explorer.
- Locate the answers to the following questions.
- What is the population of Marondera, Zimbabwe?
- Who is Dr. Seuss?
- What is the significance of the Olympic rings?
- Where was Amelia Earhart's last known location?
What to Hand-in:
Submit a written report that answers the following questions:
- Adaptation Training:
- How many times did you go through the training?
- Do you think the system would perform more accurately
if you had done more training?
- How accurate was the system in dictating speech?
- How many times did you have to correct the dictation?
- At any point in time, did the voice recognition program
confuse dictation with commands? If so, which commands?
- Navigation / Commanding:
- Describe you experience in navigating the web browser.
- Were the commands easy to remember or did you need to
refer to the reference card?
- Compared with the keyboard and mouse, do you feel that
speech recognition is a good/fast method of input? Why or why not?
- Give three (3) different situations where you feel
speech recognition programs would be useful.
- Describe your experience with this ADE (what worked,
what did not work, where you had some trouble, where you had lots of