Category Archives: Dear Software Maker

Pestering Apple: Do Right by Speech Input

As this year’s iPhone software update nears I’ve become a bit disappointed with Apple. Despite bringing an innovative, comprehensive implementation of speech input technology to iOS13, the company is falling…

Christmas in July

As I wrote earlier I’m excited about the iOS13 update because it looks to be taking speech input a big step forward. I’ve gotten a chance to test the public…

Dragon Christmas List 2018

Fifteen years ago there were thriving speech input users’ groups. I spent a lot of time at the groups in Boston and New York. In late 2003 the Boston users…

Hey Developers: Two Things

I’ve been thinking about two things that make it easier and faster for people to use computers. Both things tap computers for something computers are very good at – keeping…

Reaching Into a Webpage

Ever want to point someone not just to the top of a web article, but to a particularly good quote – or even several? I’ve done a lot of thinking…

Software Needs to Focus

When you use a mouse or touch as input you automatically bring focus to everything you do. You’re literally pointing at what you want to do. And if the cursor…

Inclusive Design

This is something everyone should read: Inclusive Design Principles. It’s a set of design principles for the web and software. The principles are simple, well worded, and ensure that websites…

Speech Input: Back to the Future

Heads up, speech developers. Here’s a list of five key things speech input users need in order to help you. In the early days of desktop speech input, users had…

The Cost of Interruption

Most folks I know have complained about an autocorrect error at some point. There’s all kinds of potential for havoc when your smart phone transforms something you typed – perhaps…

Apple’s Next Move

I’ve been waiting for Apple’s next move in improving dictation in iOS for some time now. The speech recognition engine built into the Apple Mac and iOS operating systems work…