Why do dictators dictate



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Anyone who wants to dictate dictates has to get used to something else beforehand. Namely, to say all punctuation marks. And then you should be able to master a few commands. And the right ones. Because whoever imprecisely calls out only "paragraph" instead of "new paragraph" and "delete paragraph" instead of "delete passage" will later contain a lot of paragraphs in their text without there being any or anything having been deleted. Well, instead of cramming commands, you can limit yourself to mere dictation and still do everything else by hand. But software experts advise against this, as the manual interventions could worsen the text recognition. In addition: After all, you dictate in order to finally not have your fingers on the keyboard!

You can also open and close entire programs and send e-mails without using your hand: Of course, you have to have more commands on it, around fifty. In the getting used to it, it is best to put a printed list down so that correspondence partners do not inadvertently receive panic messages. In the end, commanding natures can configure the mail settings themselves with crossed arms and a rasping voice. As a reward, the software also allows you to define commands in your own words. And a barked "Warp speed! All systems at full load!" comes across as cooler than a succinct: "Use small mailbox symbols."

In practice, it is extremely helpful that you can dictate not only in the Dictate window on the desktop, but in almost every program in which the cursor is blinking. And even after just a short basic training, the software turns routine emails or letters into text with astonishingly few errors, even those of the more unusual kind: "Hello, Mr. Grube! I am sending you back the package with illegal 100-watt lightbulbs that you sent me . Sincerely!"

With more complex texts like this one, of course created with Dictate, you quickly notice that there are very different approaches to dictation. One approach: forgetting to dictate to yourself. Which can have the effect that the written text goes in the intended direction. But the author of these lines had to spend a long time on the keyboard to thoroughly revise them. Incidentally, without being able to explain the origin of three terms added by Dictate - "Jürgen Rüttgers", "Temporary work" and "Ecstasy".

The other approach to dictation: In an attempt to reduce the subsequent postprocessing time on the keyboard, one tries to pronounce it extremely clearly and also tries to make it as simple as possible for the program. But it is easy to get texts with far less intellectual heights, texts that are more simply structured and consist of significantly more platitudes and filler words.

Anyone who masters computer dictation and is understood by Dictate may then come up against the limits of the human-machine system: the technology suggests a dictation pace at which the head cannot keep up. It is possible that over the years at the computer the tester and author of these lines has simply got used to thinking just as fast as he can type with his five fingers.

By the way, the dictator and dictation software work best together when every single word doesn't count. Then you can use the program wonderfully casually to capture notes, collections of material, flashes of inspiration, conversations, everything that can save you the rework and bring them into the computer.

Here you really save time - if you later know what passages mean like: "Notes that do not undoubtedly need to be reworked, and that is definitely a time saver, I lout on the desk chair!" But many of my handwritten notes are even harder to decipher.