How to Hear and Check Spelling in DAISY Books
It is possible to hear the spelling of words in full-text / full-audio and text-only DAISY books. In full-text / full-audio book both the text and the audio are present and can be synchronized so the reader can listen to human narration. In text-only DAISY books users can hear the text-to-speech voice to determine spelling, punctuation, and other information that may not be clearly conveyed through the narrated audio. On dedicated hardware DAISY readers like the Victor Reader Stream and the Plextalk Pocket, the in-built text-to-speech (TTS) voice can be used to assist in navigating the text by headings, pages, lines, words as well as characters.
On the computer and mobile platforms, the screen reading software can be used to read and hear the spelling. You need to use the "text reading mode" instead of "playing" the DAISY book.
The TOC-only or audio-only DAISY books do not contain any text and therefore it is not possible to check the spelling of words in these types of DAISY books.
Here are few tips for reading and hearing the spelling of words in popular DAISY reading tools on the Windows platform. The keystrokes of JAWS and NVDA, two popular screen readers have been mentioned.
Make sure JAWS or NVDA is running and it is using a TTS voice that can speak the language of the DAISY book. For example, if the book is in Hindi, then Hindi TTS should be configured with the screen reader.
After opening the book, press CTRL +T to move to the text area.
Now press DOWN ARROW to read lines, LEFT/RIGHT ARROW to read the spelling, CTRL + LEFT/RIGHT ARROW to read words.
Note: do not press SPACEBAR to play or pause the playback.
After opening the book, use text reading commands as if reading a web page.
Press F6 to toggle between the headings list and text area.
When in text area, press DOWN ARROW to read lines, LEFT/RIGHT ARROW to read the spelling, CTRL + LEFT/RIGHT ARROW to read words.
Note: do not press CTRL +P to play or pause the playback.
DO NOT USE JAWS OR NVDA while using DDReader+. Put them in sleep mode or close them.
Make sure the desired TTS is selected in DDReader+. Now when reading the book, press S to open the spelling function dialog.
Here press TAB for next word and SHIFT + TAB for previous word. To spell it, press ENTER.
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