Dictation Bridge, an open-source, crowdfunded tool which aims to enable accessible dictation of text using screen readers, has released a public beta of its add-on for NVDA. This version works with both Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Microsoft Speech Recognition, the latter available for free with modern versions of Windows. Users can speak text and have it typed into their favorite app, or control NVDA itself with commands for Dragon. JAWS and Window-Eyes add-ons are still on the roadmap for the near future.
You can hear more about Dictation Bridge on Blind Bargains Qast 55 where we interviewed Lucy Greco. For more details about the features below, check out the Dictation Bridge Public Beta page.
Release notes for dictationBridge beta 1
• Echo back of dictated text in Dragon and Windows Speech Recognition also known as WSR.
• Speech only support of the WSR correction box.
• Support to control NVDA from Dragon and WSR. At this time, only Dragon commands have been written.
• A verbal notification of the microphone status when using Dragon. WSR has this feature built-in therefore no support needs to be created.
• Command NVDA by voice from Dragon.
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.