January 5th, 2007

International Kittens of Mystery

Speech Recognition Software

This is something I've been thinking about for years but never got around to trying. For one, I'm an inveterate polisher - rarely does my first draft of anything last five minutes before I have to tinker with it. So how would speech recognition software handle that? Is it easier to edit with voice or mouse?

And then there are the interruptions. My study has no door - everyone walks in - humans, cats, dogs, the occasional chicken. Would my text become littered with unexpected additions - clucks, purrs and cries of 'haven't you mowed the lawn yet!'

Not to mention the screams of 'No! Get down' from me when one of the cats decides to use the computer, or my shoulder, as a jumping off platform in his or her pursuit of a wayward fly.


It would remove the keyboard as a source of unexpected Polish dialogue whenever Kai walks across it. And improve my posture - years of hunched up typing too close to a monitor can't be good for musculature or eyesight.

So, when today I received an email inviting me as 'one of the most popular and interesting UK bloggers' to trial Dragon Naturally Speaking - I thought, "why not?"

So, in a week or so, when I get the software, I'll pilot it on the blog and see what happens. I suspect I'm too much of an obsessive polisher to use it all the time but it might be useful way of getting that first draft down. Time, as is its wont, will tell.