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Chapter12:Improving
recognitionaccuracy
Therearemanythingsyoucandotoimproverecognitionaccuracy.
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Positioning
the
microphone
correctly
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Speaking
clearly
and
continuously
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Run
the
Accuracy
Assistant
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Run
the
Acoustic
Optimizer
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Use
recognition
modes
n
Train
misrecognized
commands
n
Train
individual
words
and
phrases
n
Run
General
Training
again
n
Run
the
Let
Dragon
search
for
words
tool
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Personalize
your
Vocabulary
Top10waystoimproveaccuracy
Here'sourtop10listofwaystooptimizeDragon'sabilitytorecognizeyourspeech.
1. UsecarefuldictationpracticesDictatingwithDragonisdifferentthantalkingtosome-
one.Whenwetalk,weoftenhesitate,mumble,slurwords,orleavewordsoutaltogether,
butwe'restillabletounderstandeachother.Andpeoplecaneasilyfilteroutnoise,which
letsusunderstandeachother,eveninnoisyenvironments,likerestaurants,butspeech
softwareneedshelpseparatingdictationfromothersounds.Withdictation,theideaisto
speakinaconsistentspeedandvolume-trynottohesitate,exaggerateyourpro-
nunciation,ortalkloudlyorslowly.Somakesurebackgroundnoisedoesn'tdrownyou
outandthatyouhavethemicrophonecloseenoughforDragontohearyouproperly,
usuallyaboutaninchfromyourmouthandtooneside.Also,remembertodictateusing
completephrases,sothatDragongetsthecontext.Forexample,weuseourexperience
andcommonsensetodecidewhethersomeonesaid"IScream,"or"IceCream."But
Dragondoesn'tunderstandwhatwordsmean,soitcan'tusecommonsensethewaywe
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do.Instead,Dragoninterpretsyourspeechbyusingitsknowledgeofwordsthattendto
appeartogether.Dragoncalculateshowfrequentlyyouusewordsandphrasesandcan
offeryousuggestionswhenitmakesmistakes.Trytothinkaboutyourwholephraseor
sentencebeforeyoustartdictateit,andyou'llbeonyourwaytodictationmastery.For
moreinformation,seeDictation
Basics
.
2. Import
lists
of
words
or
phrases
Ratherthanaddingwordsorphrasesoneatatime,
youcanimportoneormorelists.Thelistscanevenincludespoken
forms
.Thismethod
canbeparticularlyusefulforbusinessesthathavealotofpeopledictatingsimilarnames
orwordsorifyouneedtousemorethanoneuser
profile
.Formoreinformation,seePre-
paring
a
list
of
custom
words
to
add
to
a
Vocabulary
.
3. Learn
from
specific
documents
Youcanselectspecificdocumentsorentirefolders
containingtypicaldocuments,yourownorthoseofothers,thatreflectthetypeofdic-
tationyouwilltypicallydo.YoucanthentrainDragonhowyoupronounceunusual
wordsoraboutpropernamesyouneedtodictate.Forexample,ifyouwereanacademic
andranthetooltoaddwordsfromessaysandarticlesinyourfieldofstudy,orablogger
usingalotofnewacronyms,Dragonwouldautomaticallylearnyourwords,word
frequencyandcontexts,andmakebetterguessesaboutyourspeech.Dragonalsomoves
wordsfromitsbackup
dictionary
toitsactive
vocabulary
basedonthescan.Iftherearea
lotofwordstotrain,you'llneedtoplanthisactivitywhenyouhaveafewminutesto
spendaddingthewords.
4. Learn
from
sent
e-
mails
SimilartoLearn
from
specific
documents
,thistoolhelps
refineyourprofilebyanalyzingrepresentativetext,onlyinthiscaseitanalyzese-mail
messagessentfromyourinstalledemailprogram.Inadditiontoanalyzingfrequencyof
worduseandtypicalwordsequences,itcansuggestcontactnamesyoumaywanttoadd
tothevocabulary.Note: Forthefirstrun,planthisactivitywhenyoucanletDragonuse
yourcomputerfor5to30minutes.Subsequentscansbuildonthefirstone,however,
andaremuchfaster.
5. Run
Accuracy
Tuning
Thisprocessrefinesyouruserprofilebyanalyzingaudioand
textdatathatDragonarchivesfromyourdictation.YoucanlaunchAccuracyTuning
fromtheDragonBarAudiomenuorschedule
it
to
run
later.Chooseatimewhenyour
computerisonbutyoucancloseDragon–forexample,whenyoutypicallyhaveameal
orameeting.
6. Perform
additional
training
Dragonlearnsabouthowyoupronouncewordsandyour
vocaltoneswhenyoucreateyouruser
profile
,butitcanlearnmoreifyoureadoneor
moreofthesuppliedtrainingtexts.IfyouskippedtheGeneralTrainingstepwhenyou
createdyourprofile,werecommendthatyoureadatrainingtextafterafewhoursof
usingDragon.OntheDragonBar,selectAudio >ReadTexttoImproveAccuracy.
7. Turnoffwhatyoudon'tuseVisitthePerformance
Assistant
forusefulstrategiesfor
optimizingaccuracyandspeedwithDragon.Forexample,youcanturnofftheabilityto
"voice-click"menus,
buttons
and
other
controls
insomeorallprograms,ortheabilityto
openitemsfromtheWindowsStart
menu
ordesktop
.Turningofftheseoptionsreduces
Dragon'suseofcomputerresourcesandreducesthepossibilityofisolatedwordsor
phrasesbeingexecutedascommands,suchas"ClickSend"or"OpenNetwork."
8. UseSmart
Format
Rules
tohaveDragonrecognizewhenyouchangeacustomor
built-inauto-
formatting
option
orword
property
foralphanumerictextoraword.Dragon
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automaticallyappliesformattingtomanycommonspokenformsoftext,suchasWeband
e-mailaddresses,streetaddresses,dates,numbers,unitsofmeasure,andsoon.TheSmart
FormatRulesfeaturerecognizesyourchangestorulesandofferstocustomizethesettings
tosuityourneedsasyouwork.Youcanalsoaddcustom
word
properties
towordsto
makeDragon'stextentrymoreintuitiveandefficient.Bysettingwordproperties,you
specifyavarietyofoptionsthatcanbeassociatedwithvocabularyentries.Youcanspecify
thatawordbeprecededorfollowedbyspecificcharactersandcustomizepropertiesfor
placementorhandling.Forexample,questionmarksandexclamationmarkshavedefault
propertiesof"Precedeby(nothing)"and"Formatthenextwordcapitalized."
Or,youcanspecifyoneormoreforwords.IftheUseAlternateWrittenFormcheckbox
isselectedfor"meter,"whenyoudictatethewordafteranumberDragonentersonly"m."
Forexample,oftheAlternateWrittenFormcheckboxisnotselected,andyoudictate
"meter,"Dragontypesthefullword,"meter."
9. MakecorrectionsYoucanpreventmanyerrorsusingthemethodslistedabove,butifan
errordoeshappen,correctingitwillhelpDragontolearn.Redictatingorretypingwords
orphrasesaresometimesthefastestapproach,butDragonprovidesalotofflexibility
abouthowandwhenyoucorrect
errors
.
10. Saveyouruser
profile
RememberthatasDragonworksonyourdocumentswithyou,it
needstosavewhatitlearns.Wheneveryoucorrectdictationwiththekeyboard,train
words,orperformanyoftheotheraccuracyoptimizationoperations,youmusttosave
youruserprofiletosaveyourchangesforyournextdictationsession.
UsingSmartFormatRules
SmartFormatRulesmaydisplaywhenDragonnoticesthatyoucorrecteddictatedtextcor-
respondingtoanAuto-FormattingoptionorWord
Property
.
Throughthisoptionalfeature,Dragondisplaysreachesouttoofferoneormoreadjustments
toitssettings.
WhenDragonpresentsaSmartFormatRulesbox,youcanchooseoneoftheadjustmentsit
offers.Oryoucanjustignorethedialogboxandcontinueworking,orsay“cancel”andthe
boxwillclose.
HereisanexampleoftheSmartFormatRuleforunitsofmeasurethatappearsifyouchange
thestandardabbreviationforkilograms,whichiskg:
WhattodowhenaSmartFormatRulesboxdisplays
WhenDragondisplaysaSmartFormatRule,youcanusuallydoanyofthefollowing:
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Ifyoudon'twantDragontoauto-formatthetextusingthisrulenowandinfuture
dictation,saychoose1-Never<applyrule>,whereapplyrulerepresentstheauto-for-
mattingruleyouchangedwithyourdictation.
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IfyouwantDragontousethesameauto-formattingsettingthenexttimeyoudictate
itandinthefuture,saychoose2-Always<applyrule>.
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Ifyoudon’twanttoadjustanyrule,ignorethisbox.Itwillgoawaywhenyoucon-
tinuedictatingorworkinginyourdocument.Youcanalsosay“Cancel”todismiss
thebox.
ForSmartFormatRulesaboutenteringzerosratherthantheword"million," fornumbers
greaterthanorequalto10,andforword
properties
,thechoicesareslightlydifferent.The
SmartFormatRulesdisplaytheapplicablechoicesinthosecases.Fordetailsandexamples,
seeOptions
controlled
by
Smart
Format
Rules
below.
WhentheSmartFormatRulesboxdisplay
TheSmartFormatRulesboxdisplayswhenyoueditauto-formattedtextusing
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theCorrectionmenu
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theSpellingwindow
or
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thekeyboard.
ShowingthelastSmartFormatRule
IfaSmartFormatRulesboxdisplaysandyoucontinuedictatingorcancelitaccidentally,
youcanredisplayitbysayingthecommand"ShowSmartFormatRule."Previously
acceptedrulescannotbedisplayed.
DisablingSmartFormatRules
IfyouwanttoturnofftheSmartFormatRulesfeature,
1. SelectToolsmenu>OptionsfromtheDragonBar.Forexample,say"SwitchtoDrag-
onBar,"then"ClickTools,"then"Options."
2. OntheOptionsdialogbox,Correctiontab,say"clickShowSmartFormatRules"toclear
thecheckmarkbesidetheoption.
3. Say"ClickOK"toclosethedialogboxandapplyyourchanges.
RestoringaSmartFormatRule
YoucanrestoreadefaultintheAuto-formattingdialogboxorWord Propertiesdialogbox.
Anotherwaytorestoreasetting:correctthetexttotheformatyouwantandpickthecor-
respondingrulefromtheSmartFormatRulesboxthatyourcorrectiontriggered.
OptionscontrolledbySmartFormatRules
Auto-formattingWebande-mailaddresses
Turnsonautomatice-mailandWebaddressformatting,sothatyoucandictatethemas
youwouldnormallysaythemoutloud.Forexample,ifyousay"janedotsmithatmy
adventuretraveldotcom"Dragonenters"Jane.Smith@myadventuretravel.com."Dragon
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substitutesthe@signforthespoken"at,"usesaperiodfor"dot,"andomitsspaces.Orif
yousay"wwwdotnuancedotcom,"Dragonenterswww.nuance.com
.
Auto-formattingstreetaddresses
Turnsonautomaticformattingofpostaladdresses.Forexample,ifyousay"49orchard
lanebostonmassachusettsohtwofourfoursix,"Dragonenters"49OrchardLane,Bos-
ton,MA02446."
CertainaddressescanbehardforDragontointerpret.Forexample,"TwoHundredForty
FifthStreet"couldbeinterpretedas245thStreet,20045thStreet,or2405thStreet.Ina
situationlikethis,Dragonusescontexttotrytodeterminewhatyoumeant.Insome
cases,usingtheword"And"canhelptonarrowdownthechoices.Intheexampleabove,
saying"TwoHundredAndFortyFifthStreet"wouldeliminate20045thStreetasapos-
sibility.
ForuserprofileswhoseregionsettingisUK orCanada:Thisoptionalsoenablesthe
properformattingofUKpostcodesandCanadianpostalcodes.Forexample,youcould
formatapostcodeforLondonbysaying"WTwoFourRJ"toenterW24RJ,andformata
postalcodeforTorontobysaying"MFiveHTwoLTwo"toenterM5H2L2."
SeeChooseyourregionandvocabularyintheDragonHelp.
ForuserprofileswhoseregionsettingisUnitedStates:IfyouareusingaU.S.Eng-
lishuserprofile,youcanenableUKpostcodesandCanadianpostalcodesfromtheUK
andCanadianpostcodesoptioninthisdialogbox.
SeeChoose
your
region
and
vocabulary
in
the
Dragon
Help
.
Auto-formattingtitles
InsertsabbreviatedversionsofanytitleinDragon'sAbbreviatedtitleslist.Forexample,
"Mr."for"Mister,"or"Pres."for"President."
Auto-formattingdates
ControlshowDragonformatsdateswhenyoudictatetheday,month,andyeartogether. 
Usethedrop-downbuttontoselecttheformatyouwanttousemostoften.Availablefor-
matsare:
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DatesAsSpoken
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MonthD,YYYY
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MonthDD,YYYY
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MonD,YYYY
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MonDD,YYYY
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M/D/YYYY
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M/D/YY
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MM/DD/YYYY
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MM/DD/YY
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MM-DD-YY
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DMonth,YYYY
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D/M/YYYY
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D/M/YY
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DD/MM/YYYY
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DD/MM/YY
n
DD-Mon-YY
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YYYY-MM-DD
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Ifyouclearthe"Dates"checkbox,Dragonwillnotapplyautomaticdatefor-
matting.Forexample,afterclearingthecheckbox,ifyoudictate"Julytwentysev-
enth,"Dragonwillwrite"July27th."
Bydefault,Dragondoesnotusethenumeralformofnumberssmallerthan10,
whetherforcardinalnumbers(one,two,three...) orordinalnumbers(first,sec-
ond,third...).Ifthe"Dates" checkboxiscleared,Dragonwrites"the10thof
June"and"theseventhofJune"unlessyouchangethedefaultsetting"Numbers,
if
greater
or
equal
to
"ontheAuto-FormattingOptionsdialogbox.
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Ifyouusethe"DatesAsSpoken"setting,Dragonneedsyoutodictatedatesinan
unambiguousway,usingthenameandnotthedigitforthemonth.Forexample,
with"DatesAsSpoken"selected,Dragonwillcorrectlyformat"Januaryeleven
twothousandnine"and"theseventhofFebruarytwothousandfour"usingdate
formats,butwillformat"elevenonetwothousandnine"asanumber.
Ifyoudictatedatesdifferently,forexampleyouusedigitstosaythemonth,try
selectingthevaluethatbestmatcheshowyoudictatethedate.Forexample,if
younormallysay"elevenonetwothousandnine",settingthedateformatto
"D/M/YYYY"willcauseDragontocorrectlytranscribethedate.
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Ifyouomittheyear,forexample,yousay"Julytwelve",Dragontranscribes"July
12"("ThetwelfthofJuly"becomes"12July")regardlessofwhichdateformatting
youselect.
Auto-formattingcommonabbreviations
EnablesDragontorecognizemoststandardabbreviationswhiletranscribingyourdic-
tation.Forexample,Dragonwouldrewrite"versus"as"vs.","Institute"as"Inst.",and
"Department"as"Dept."Formoreinformationaboutdictatingabbreviations,seeDic-
tatingabbreviationsandacronyms.
Auto-formattingcontractions
EnablethisoptionifyouwantDragontoexpandcontractionswhenyoudictatethem.
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Forexample,ifyousay"Don'tgonearthewater",Dragontranscribes"Donotgonearthe
water".
Ifyouleavethisoptionturnedoff,Dragonenterscontractionsthewayyoudictatethem.
Note: Insomesituations,theformalexpressionofacontractionmaybeambiguous.For
example,thephrase"It'salways"couldeithermean"Itisalways"or"Ithasalways,"
dependingonthetenseoftheverbthatfollows.Inthissituation,Dragonalwaysexpands
thecontraction,regardlessofhowthisoptionisset.
Auto-formatting“million”insteadof”,000,000”
EnablethisoptiontohaveDragonentertheword"million" ratherthanzerosandcommas
(",000,000")whenyoudictateroundnumbersinthemillions.Forexample,Dragon
enters"8 million"ratherthan"8,000,000."
Ifanumberinthemillionsrangeisnotroundedtothenearestmillion,Dragonentersthe
numberasdigits.Forexample,ifyoudictate"eightmilliononehundredthousand"
Dragonenters"8,100,000".
Auto-formattingnumbers,ifgreaterthanorequalto
Entersnumbersasnumeralsiftheyareequaltoorgreaterthanthevalueshowninthe
drop-downlist.Ifthenumberislessthanthechosenvalue,thenumberisspelledout.
Forexample,usingthevalueof"10",Dragonwillwrite"five"whenyoudictate"five"and
"11"whenyoudictate"eleven".
Theavailablevaluesare:
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0
n
2
n
10
n
100
Note:YoucanalsouseDragontoenternumbersasArabicorRomannumerals.SeeDic-
tation
commands
.
Auto-formattingunitsofmeasure
Turnsonautomaticformattingofstandardunitsofmeasure,suchasfeetandinches.For
example,ifyousay"SixFootThreeInches",Dragonenters6' 3".
Ifaunitofmeasureisnotformattedinthewayyouexpect,youcanalsousetheWord
Propertiesdialogboxtouseanalternateformforthatparticularunitofmeasure.
Auto-formattingISOcurrencycodes
IfyouhaveselectedthePricesoption,thenyoucanselect"ISOcurrencycodes"todis-
playcurrencyamountswiththeInternationalStandardsOrganizationcurrencysymbol
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correspondingtotheregionandlanguagesetforyourWindowsoperatingsystemor,if
different,foryouruser
profile
(seeHowregionandlanguageaffectnumberandcurrency
punctuation).
Forexample,ifyourprofile'sregionissettoUnitedStatesandyouenableboththe
PricesandISOcurrencycodesAuto-Formattingoptions,whenyoudictate"TenDol-
lars"Dragonenters"USD10".
Auto-formattingphonenumbers
Turnsonautomaticformattingoftelephonenumbers.
ForU.S.EnglishUserProfilesusingtheUnitedStatesorCanadafortheRegion:
TurnsonautomaticformattingNorthAmericantelephonenumberswhenyouspeaka
sequenceofsevenortennumbers.Forexample,ifyousay"7815551234",Dragonwill
transcribe"781-555-1234". 
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OTES
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Vanityphonenumberssuchas1-800-EXAMPLEarenotsupported.
n
TheautomaticformattingofU.S.telephonenumbersisnotsupportedforuser
profileswithaUK Regionsetting.
ForUserProfilesusingtheUKfortheRegion: Turnsonautomaticformattingof
UKtelephonenumbers.
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OTES
n
Countrycode+44canbedictatedas"fourfour","fortyfour"or"doublefour"
withaprecedingplussign.Forexample,ifyousay"plus-signfourfourtwonine
twoohsevenfoursevensevenfourseven",Dragontranscribes"+44292074
7747".
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Areacodesthataredictatedwithouttheprecedingcountrycodemustbedictated
withaleadingzero.Forexample,ifyousay"zerotwoninetwooheightseven
ninethreetwoseven",Dragontranscribes"02920879327".
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Whenyoudictatea6-digitnumber,Dragontranscribesthenumberwithno
spaces.Whenyoudictatea7-digitor8-digitnumber,Dragontranscribesthe
numberwithaspacebeforethelast4digits.
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TheautomaticformattingofUKtelephonenumbersisnotsupportedforU.S. and
Canadian-baseduserprofiles.
Auto-formattingprices
Insertspricesandcurrenciesintheproperformatwiththeappropriatecurrencysymbol.
Forexample,"$10"insteadof"10dollars",or"€50"insteadof"50euros".
Supportedcurrenciesare:
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ISOcode
Symbol
Name
USD
$
Dollars
Cents
USD
US$
U.S.dollars
CAD
C$
Canadiandollars
EUR
Euros
JPY
¥
Yen
GBP
£
PoundsSterlingPence/Penny
CHF
F
Swissfrancs
Auto-formattingtimes
Turnsonautomaticformattingofstandardtimeformats.Forexample,ifyousay"Six
ThirtyPM",Dragonwilltranscribe"6:30PM".Dictatingstandardtimerunsona12hour
clock,lettingyoumakethedistinctionbetweenAMandPM.
Militarytime:WiththeTimeoptionenabled,youcanalsodictatetimesinmilitaryformat.
Forexample,ifyousay"sixteenhundredhours",Dragontranscribes"1600hrs".Ifyou
say"ohthreeohfivehours"or"zerothreezerofivehours",Dragontranscribes"0305
hrs".
DictatingMilitarytimeusesa24-hourclockandabbreviates"hours"to"hrs".
Auto-formattingUKandCanadianpostcodes
TurnsonproperformattingofUKpostcodesandCanadianpostalcodes.Forexample,
withtheoptionon,formataLondonpostcodebysaying"WTwoFourRJ"toenterW2
4RJ,andformataTorontopostalcodebysaying"MFiveHTwoLTwo"toenterM5H
2L2.
Auto-formattingothernumbers
Enablestheformattingofallnumbersnotcoveredbyotheroptionsonthisdialogbox,
suchasnegativenumbers,numberswithpunctuation,fractions,decimals,andRoman
numerals.
Note: DragonappliesAuto-formattingformixednumbersandalsoforfractionswhere
thedenominatoris5orgreater,butnotforsimplefractionslike"onehalf,""twothirds,"
and"threequarters."
Formoreinformation,seeDictating
numbers
.
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Auto-formattingUSsocialsecuritynumbers
TurnsonautomaticformattingofU.S.SocialSecurityNumberswhenyouspeaka
sequenceof9numbers.Forexample,ifyousay"123456789,"Dragonenters"123-45-
6789."
Auto-formattingusingWordProperties
UseWord
Properties
tocustomizehowDragonenterswordsorphrasesasyoudictate
them.WordPropertiescanaddcustomspacingbeforeandafter,nextwordcap-
italization,settingsfornumbersbeforeandafter,orapplyalternatewrittenforms,such
asabbreviations.
ToaddoreditWordProperties,seeCreating
Word
Properties
.
Note
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Ifyoumakeacorrectionthatcorrespondstoanauto-formattingoptionandaword
property
,onlythesmartformatrulepromptforthewordpropertydisplays.
AdjustingSpeedvs.Accuracy
Youcanincreaseproductspeedor,alternatively,increaserecognitionaccuracybyusingthe
Speedvs.Accuracyslider.
TheSpeedvs.Accuracysliderletsyoucontrolthenumberofwordsandphrasesthatthe
programexaminesinordertofindawordmatch.Themorewordsexamined,thegreaterthe
possibilityofanaccuratematchattheexpenseofusingmorememoryandtakingalonger
timetorecognizeyourspeech.
MovingtheslidercaninfluencetheperformanceofDragon.Draggingtheslidertoward
accuracysometimesincreasestheaccuracyofthematchesattheexpenseofadditionaltime
intranscribingyourdictation.Movingtheslidertotherightnormallyincreasesrecognition
accuracybutmayalsoslowsystemperformance.Asageneralrule,youshouldmovethe
sliderfarthertotherightonfastermachinesthanonslowerones.
TousetheSpeedvs.Accuracyslider
1. OntheToolsmenuoftheDragonBar,clickOptions.
2. IntheOptionsdialogbox,clicktheMiscellaneoustab.
3. DragtheSpeedvs.Accuracyslidertotuneperformance.
4. TestthenewsettingbyusingDragon.Ifyouarenotsatisfiedwiththeresult,tryadif-
ferentsetting.
Notes
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RunningotherprogramswhileDragonisrunningwillalsoaffectaccuracyandspeed,
sinceotherprogramscompeteforsystemresources.
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Ifyougeta"Therecognizerhasencounteredanutterancethatistoolongtoproc-
ess"error,trysettingtheslidermoretowards"FastestResponse".
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