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Altering Text To Speech Pronunciations in a Custom User Dictionary - 2020 Solutions?

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Hi folx, I have a Text-To-Speech question for Acrobat / InDesign.

 

I'm trying to tag a PDF , and it's mostly going all good. However, the lovely robot lady reads out specific formulae and names incorrectly. Examples below:

 

phrase | How it should be said | How the TTS says it

1d10 | one dee ten | one dee one zero

2d12 | two dee twelve | two dee one two

Sanche | san-shae | sanch

Aes Sedai | Aye said-aye | ees seedy

 

Furthermore, it doesn't grok these formulae as terms, so the sentences read rather breathlessly which could be confusing for listeners. I tried looking this up but I can't seem to find any YouTube tutorials covering subjects like this. The closest I've found is this:

https://elearning.adobe.com/2009/03/customizing_text_to_speech_pro/

However, the article is from 2009, and the programs are now significantly outdated. It used terms like User Dictionary and 

 

I'm new to accessibility tools for Acrobat and InDesign. I have a feeling that a solution would be related to tagging / changing the pronunciation of specific words or phrases, which is something else I'm interested in finding out. For example, the name 'Sanche' is pronounced san-shae, but the TTS interprets it as saanch.

 

Thanks for your help!!!

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Correct answer by Mike Witherell | Adobe Community Professional

Sorry if this is of little help: InDesign does not have the capacity to control this, and I doubt whether Acrobat has either. It is probably controlled by the speech reader software, of which there are many beyond Acrobat's read-out-loud feature. Your cited webpage was for Captivate, so that is not the answer you seek. You might try asking this question in the Acrobat forum, however.

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Altering Text To Speech Pronunciations in a Custom User Dictionary - 2020 Solutions?

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Hi folx, I have a Text-To-Speech question for Acrobat / InDesign.

 

I'm trying to tag a PDF , and it's mostly going all good. However, the lovely robot lady reads out specific formulae and names incorrectly. Examples below:

 

phrase | How it should be said | How the TTS says it

1d10 | one dee ten | one dee one zero

2d12 | two dee twelve | two dee one two

Sanche | san-shae | sanch

Aes Sedai | Aye said-aye | ees seedy

 

Furthermore, it doesn't grok these formulae as terms, so the sentences read rather breathlessly which could be confusing for listeners. I tried looking this up but I can't seem to find any YouTube tutorials covering subjects like this. The closest I've found is this:

https://elearning.adobe.com/2009/03/customizing_text_to_speech_pro/

However, the article is from 2009, and the programs are now significantly outdated. It used terms like User Dictionary and 

 

I'm new to accessibility tools for Acrobat and InDesign. I have a feeling that a solution would be related to tagging / changing the pronunciation of specific words or phrases, which is something else I'm interested in finding out. For example, the name 'Sanche' is pronounced san-shae, but the TTS interprets it as saanch.

 

Thanks for your help!!!

Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by Mike Witherell | Adobe Community Professional

Sorry if this is of little help: InDesign does not have the capacity to control this, and I doubt whether Acrobat has either. It is probably controlled by the speech reader software, of which there are many beyond Acrobat's read-out-loud feature. Your cited webpage was for Captivate, so that is not the answer you seek. You might try asking this question in the Acrobat forum, however.

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Sorry if this is of little help: InDesign does not have the capacity to control this, and I doubt whether Acrobat has either. It is probably controlled by the speech reader software, of which there are many beyond Acrobat's read-out-loud feature. Your cited webpage was for Captivate, so that is not the answer you seek. You might try asking this question in the Acrobat forum, however.

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