Word-Processing Station With Audio Text Synthesis
Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Proofreading a document by visually comparing the final document with the draft is a time-consuming and often inaccurate process. In the word-processing station illustrated, the text is in memory and the memory is interrogated as the input to a speech synthesizer. Output is by word or syllable, as desired, and punctuation marks are verbally described. The formatting, editing and correction capability of typewriters and word processors has been greatly increased by the addition of memory for text storage. However, the typed copy must still be proofed by visually inspecting the final document (on paper or display) and comparing it with the rough draft. This involves the slow and tedious process of comparing texts by moving one's eyes back and forth from final copy to draft while trying to keep one's place on each document.