Dictation of punctuation

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Q: Dictation does not seem to recognise when I say ‘period’ and it types it out. Why is this?

A: When dictating a reply or forward message, you can speak the message and say punctuation to be included.


Speaking Email provides dictation by using the operating system voice recognition APIs. It also depends on the language you are dictating in, which defaults to the language of the email you are replying to, and the locale of your device. For example if the email is English and you are in the US, you should be able to say "period" to get a dot - this is built into the voice recognition system on your device. If you are in the UK you can say "full stop" instead. In non-English languages you can say the appropriate word.


If "period" is not working for you, instead try "full stop". As its more likely you might actually use the word 'period' in a message, we added "full stop" as a synonym that isn't dependent on operating system, language or locale.


What is Speaking Email?

An app for iPhone and Android that reads your email out loud to you. It intelligently extracts content from emails (minus the signatures, disclaimers and threads). And it lets you action your email - archive, mark-as-read, trash, flag, reply, or forward. It can be completely by voice command, or use the large on-screen buttons or full screen touch gestures.


Who is it for?

People with blindness or visual impairment. People who are busy and run out of time to get through their inbox. People who want to make productive use of time when driving between appointments.


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