The information in this article applies to:
- TruVoice speech synthesizers
- ZoomText 10.0, 9.0 and earlier
Occasionally, the TruVoice 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 TruVoice, 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 TruVoice.
- If you are running ZoomText 9.0, click the Options... button.
If you are running ZoomText 8 or earlier, click the Pronunciation... button.
The TruVoice Pronunciation Manager dialog opens.
- In the Word field, type in the word, acronym or abbreviation that you would like to add. For example: "Mr." (without the quotes).
- In the Sounds Like field, type in phonetically how the word should sound. For this example, type “mister” (without the quotes).
- To test the pronunciation, click the speaker button to the right of the Sounds Like field.
- If you are satisfied with the new pronunciation, click the Add button. Otherwise, repeat steps 2 and 3 to refine the pronunciation.
- To delete a word from the pronunciation manager; click the Word List... button. Select the word you want to delete from the list, then click the Delete button.
- Click the Close button.
- Click the OK button to close the Speech dialog box.