[Athen] Docsoft

Dan Comden danc at washington.edu
Thu May 8 12:07:05 PDT 2008

Agreed. We had a demo a few weeks back and while we didn't test the
product in-house, it was quite clear to me that the results are just not
good enough. Even if it's 95% accurate, that's not good enough for
academic content and we saw accuracy rates far below that.

-*- Dan Comden danc at washington.edu
Access Technology Lab http://www.washington.edu/computing/atl/
University of Washington UW Technology Services

On Thu, 8 May 2008, John Foliot - Stanford Online Accessibility Program wrote:

> Wink Harner wrote:



>> What experience/hands-on knowledge might any of you have with Docsoft

>> software used for captioning?


> After some local testing here, I sadly had to abandon any thought of using

> DocSoft to create captions: the accuracy rate simply did not meet my

> expectations. As a tool for key word scraping and search/archive

> possibility it seems to be great, but as a captioning tool/solution you will

> be hugely disappointed.


> I know that DocSoft have worked hard on beefing up their editing tool, and

> they claimed that other institutions have seen success rates of 80%+, but my

> experience was far below that within the limited testing I was able to do.


> The holy grail of speech to text is still outside of our current reach, and

> I suspect we will only see reliable results *after* we see jetcars zooming

> around in the air (ala George Jetson), it is simply too hard to do at this

> time.


> JF



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