[OS X TeX] Dragon Dictate and Tex

David Messerschmitt messer at eecs.berkeley.edu
Thu Oct 14 20:28:52 CEST 2010

>> I am not sure it makes sense to enter commands and equations by speech input, so I tend to mix mouse/keyboard,
>> and use dictation to enter the mostly-text paragraphs in between.
>> This works fine, but does eliminate the possibility of using speech commands for editing anything other than
>> the paragraph most recently dictated.
> Just curious, does it interact with autocompletion in TS? I mean, if you say "left parenthesis" do you get a pair of parentheses with the cursor inside?

Yes it does! Dictation really is just an input alternative to the keyboard.

However, note that if TS does processing on the input, that may mess with the voice-command editing functions.
Those functions depend to some extent on the Dragon cache being synchronized with text on the screen.
Some things should still work OK, like select and replace of a word.

For entering commands and equations, Dragon has a "spell it" mode. However, that seems to me more cumbersome than the keyboard.


David Messerschmitt
Roger Strauch Professor Emeritus
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of California at Berkeley
Visiting Researcher
SETI Institute

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