Sure! This is what I've learned...
The speech recognition engine comes built in to XP, but is not necessarily installed. Here's how to do that:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.as ... -us;306537
Once you have the engine installed you need to tell Windows to allow it to work with programs other than Office...Go to Control Panel | Regional and Language Options | Languages | Details | Advanced and enable "Extend support of advanced text services to all programs". Click Apply and you will probably need to reboot.
The engine loads up a little toolbar with buttons for Dictation (for entering text), Voice Command (for accessing File | Open and other menu commands) and Speak (I don't know what that does yet). The Voice Commands appear to only work with Office XP programs. But the Dication works for Verbot, Messenger and others. To turn off/on the voice rec click the "Microphone" button.
Test it in Word first. Then try something like Wordpad, Messenger, or Verbot. (I highly recommend a headset microphone combo. If you have speakers and a built in mic like I do your programs will talk to themselves - which is pretty funny!)
The first time I tried the speech engine it didn't work and I think it's because I have international clients and frequently change my Regional settings to different languages. When you do this in XP it keeps all of those different settings in memory and seems to interfere with the voice rec. If you have ever changed your language settings do this....go to Control Panel | Regional and Language Settings | Languages | Details and look at the "Installed Services". Remove any languages that are not English. You might need to reboot again.
Train your speech profile often. Control Panel | Speech | Train Profile. It appears that the more you do this the better the recognition.
Anyway...I hope this works for folks.
Aaron wrote:Great job keriw!
Can you post a detailed set of instructions/requirements for it? I think a lot of people would like to use speech recognition, even if it isn't very good.