Speech Input to Windows XP Applications

In the May 8 edition of Mobile & Wireless UPDATE, I described three ways to provide a UI for the Speech Application Programming Interface (SAPI) that's built in to Windows XP: Buy Microsoft Office XP, buy the Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP package, or download the free (but unsupported) Speech SDK 5.1 for Windows. Reader John Hays installed the Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP package, but he still couldn't find a way to dictate into applications. Although the package installs the necessary components, you still must configure them manually. Jeremy Moskowitz provides a good description of how to do so in "Speech Recognition with Windows XP," which you can find on Microsoft's Windows XP Expert Zone at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/columns/moskowitz/02september23.asp . Moskowitz devotes much of the column's space to discussing how to configure Office XP for voice input, but skip down to the “Training the Speech Recognition Engine” section. In this section, he provides details for configuring dictation into any Windows application, including Notepad--just as I'm able to do with the built-in (and thankfully preconfigured) dictation feature in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.

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