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Echo Options

Echo Options

Letters

Letters causes Echo to say each letter, punctuation, bracket or any other character on the keyboard.

Numbers

Numbers causes Echo to say each number. Many users will wish to have this feature turned off so that Echo does not echo the numbers typed to select words from the Prediction window.

Punctuation

Punctuation causes Echo to say each punctuation character on the keyboard.

Gray Keys

Gray Keys causes Echo to say all of the gray keys on the keyboard including arrows, Enter, function keys etc. We recommend that most users turn this option off, it can be quite distracting and the speech synthesizer may have trouble keeping up.

Keystrokes

Keystrokes causes Echo to say all of the non-alphabetic, non-gray and non-numeric keys on the keyboard including the symbol and bracket keys. We recommend that most users turn this option off, it can be quite distracting and the speech synthesizer may have trouble keeping up.

Words

Words causes Echo to read each word when you end it with a space or punctuation character.

Partial Words

Partial Words causes Echo to read the word you have typed so far each time you press a character.

Sentences

Sentences causes Echo to read each sentence when you end it with a punctuation character.

Note: Pressing arrows, Del, PgUp or PgDn will cause Echo to forget the current sentence, and the sentence so far will not be read.

Paragraphs

Paragraphs causes Echo to read back the sentences typed since you last hit the Enter key when you press Enter to end a paragraph. Due to a minor conflict with the Talk program (described below), this feature defaults to off.

Note: Pressing arrows, Del, PgUp or PgDn will cause Echo to forget the current paragraph.

Note: We recommend you do not use the Echo Paragraphs feature if you are also using the Talk program, as typing a sentence into Talk and pressing Enter will cause Talk to read the talk phrase, and then cause Echo to read the talk phrase again, since pressing Enter also ends a paragraph.

Clipboard

Clipboard causes Echo to read back any text cut or copied to the Windows clipboard. Due to the somewhat intrusive behavior of this feature, it defaults to off. When turned on, a dialog box will pop up each time the clipboard changes, offering to read it for you. Select Yes to read the contents of the clipboard, No to not read them. This dialog will appear when you cut or copy to the clipboard, and quite often when a new application starts or one ends.

Every # words (0 is off)

Every # Words causes Aurora Echo to read back every so many words. This is useful for writers who do not use punctuation but don't want feedback after each word. If this value is set to 0, this feature is disabled.

Speech Recognition Delay

Speech Recognition Delay is for use with speech recognition programs that do not put a space after they type a word. If you are typing and you wait longer than the speech recognition delay, the word typed so far will be read. This delay is in milliseconds, so setting this field to 1000 will cause Echo to wait 1 complete second before reading a word with no space after it. If you are using this feature, we recommend a value of 100.

Toolbar Options

For information on setting up the toolbar see Toolbar Options.

Run-on Sentence Monitoring

Aurora Echo can warn writers when they construct a run-on sentence that has too many commas or words. It is not fooled if the person constructs a list of items following a colon.

Commas before warning (0 is off)

This is the number of commas in one sentence before Aurora Echo will speak the warning below. The default for this is 3.

Words before warning (0 is off)

This is the number of words in one sentence before Aurora Echo will speak the warning below. The default for this is 30.

Warning

This is the message that will be spoken by the speech synthesizer if a run-on sentence is detected.

Punctuation Monitoring

Punctuation Monitoring alerts the user when they type a punctuation character other than a question mark at the end of a sentence starting in one of: who, what, where, when, why, how, which, is.

Tip: You can add additional words to this list by editing the aurora.set file to add additional QuestionWord# entries where # is the next higher number for example:

QuestionWord7 C Whatever

You can also use this same mechanism to change the question words to words appropriate for other languages.

Check question sentence punctuation

Check this box to turn on Punctuation Monitoring.

Warning

This is the message that will be spoken by the speech synthesizer if an incorrectly punctuated question is detected.

Click OK to save changes, or Cancel to abort without saving changes.

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