The information in this article applies to:
- ViaVoice speech synthesizers
- ZoomText versions 10.xx, 9.xx and 8.xx
Occasionally, the ViaVoice speech synthesizer will incorrectly pronounce a word. Most often, this problem occurs with words that have unusual spellings – such as proper names, acronyms, and abbreviations.
With ViaVoice, you can modify how words are pronounced as follows:
- From the ZoomText menu bar, select Reader > Synthesizer...
The Speech dialog will open to the Synthesizer tab.
- In the Synthesizer combo box, select ViaVoice.
- If you are running ZoomText 9.0, click the Options... button.
If you are running ZoomText 8 or earlier, click the Pronunciation... button.
The Dictionaries dialog opens.
- Click the Add... button.
The Dictionary Entry dialog opens.
- In the Key field, type in the word, acronym or abbreviation that you would like to add. For example: “Mr.” (without the quotes).
- In the Translation field, type in phonetically how the word should sound. For this example, type “mister” (without the quotes).
- To test the pronunciation, click the Speak button to the right of the Translation field.
- If you are satisfied with the new pronunciation, click the OK button.
- Click the Close button.
- Click the OK button to close the Speech dialog box.