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Interactive speech enrollment wizard accessible to screen readers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014947D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed are a number of programmable methods for making the misrecognition point in a graphical user interface s interactive enrollment procedure available to a blind user. The Problem Many current speech dictation applications provide an interactive enrollment wizard. These interactive enrollment wizards present a panel of text to users for them to read for the purpose of collecting acoustic data with which to customize the recognition model. When a recognition problem occurs (either due to a system failure to recognize the user's speech or a user disfluency), these wizards leave all the text in the panel and indicate the resumption point with a visual indicator. The problem is that these visual indicators are not accessible to screen readers, which means that a blind user taking advantage of assistive technologies such as a screen reader cannot determine the correct point at which to resume reading. Solutions