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    Voice Recognition (Word2002)

    It seems that I could not make the voice recognition work in Word2002.

    While the Language Bar is showing Start Speech, there was no blue bar on the screen when I started speaking to the microphone. However, if I clicked the Voice Command on the Language Bar, the Voice Command would function correctly.

    Furthermore, when I used the voice recognition in internet explorer input, it worked well . For example , this post was composed under the voice recognition. So I don't know what happened to my Words 2002.

    Computer is under Win98SE and The Language Bar is showing English (United Sates).

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    Re: Voice Recognition (Word2002)

    I don't yet have Word 2002 installed. It's sitting on the floor while I try to configure a new computer.

    Nevertheless, I do have extensive experience with Dragon Naturally Speaking that leads me to a couple of thoughts...

    How much RAM do you have? Voice recognition is extremely sensitive to available RAM and Word, itself, uses a chunk. RAM is cheap right now and you may want to max your computer out if you are using voice recognition. That the voice recognition worked well in Explorer but not in Word tells me that RAM may be the problem.

    Also, voice recognition is very sensitive to your sound card. Sound cards built into most computers are not adequate for good voice input. Hope this helps,
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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    Re: Voice Recognition (Word2002)

    Chase,

    Thank you for your comments. Sounds like you are hitting the targets.

    Thought I do not know how much memory has been located to Word2002, there is a 256MB memory sitting on the mother board.

    Mother board is an All-In-One which means the sound card, VIA AC'97, is built in. However, when I was "teaching" Word2002 my voice, it seemed that she could understand what I said.

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    Re: Voice Recognition (Word2002)

    There's a substantial difference between adequate and optimum when it comes to speech recognition. 90% recognition means that one word in ten will not be recognized correctly. You might want to look into using a USB microphone with a built-in sound card like those that come with Dragon Naturally Speaking USB. I just sold DNS with a USB microphone on eBay. You might want to take a look at because it has links to reviews of the microphone and its advantages. I buy my microphones and DNS upgrades from <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.dragonsys.ca> Dragon Systems Canada and they have a number of microphones designed for speech recognition. (The microphones that come with computers are not designed for speech recognition.)

    RAM and having a good microphone are the top determinates of voice recognition (assuming at least a PII at 300mHz). At least with DNS and Word, the breathtaking improvements from RAM stop at about 384 Meg - although more seems to always be better. You might also want to check out the peer-support forum on the Dragon site for other ideas and tips that would apply to speech recognition software in general.

    Another major factor is the human-ware. Always having the microphone in the same place relative to your mouth and enunciating clearly both make a big differences.

    You may want to take a look at Key Steps to High Speech Recognition Accuracy.
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    Re: Voice Recognition (Word2002)

    <font face="Comic Sans MS">Edit: Link added by Moderator</font face=comic>

    I found the cause of this problem in Microsoft's KB for Dictation Mode Does Not Start When You Start Speech Recognition (<A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q302598>Q302598</A>).

    Yes, after I have disabled the Instant Access of OCR program, The Speech Recognition functioned well in Word 2002.

    Thank you very much.

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