[Athen] Foreign language voices with Read/Write Gold 11

E.A. Draffan ea at emptech.info
Mon Jul 15 05:38:44 PDT 2013

Sorry for the delay in getting back on this one. I now have version 11
Read and Write Gold up and running and tried it with a piece of text in
French followed by English and then German in MS Word and all the text
was read by the voice that had been selected - in my case British English,
so it does not automatically detect the language and switch voices. If
you have the same toolbar up when you are running Chrome and a two
language site - once again it will read with your chosen voice.

The new version allows you to change the background of the main toolbar
which is nice but you may want to go back to the original icons as well -
they are not the default in the new version. The new version has better
support for Chrome and Firefox. Another new features is that you can
record instant audio notes that can be displayed in Word as .wav files to
help some users and there are more subject related word banks for younger
users. ABBYY version 7 allows you to save a scan to ePub which is useful
if you want to read on the move using an ereader.

Just as a little note on the side I have found that when I tested version
11 on a Windows 8 machine with DPI 150% which is not the default for my
laptop - some of the icons became misplaced and some dialog boxes were
unreadable. I have told TextHelp but you have to return to 125% to sort
out the problem.

Hope this helps.
Best wishes

Mrs E.A. Draffan
WAIS, ECS , University of Southampton
Tel +44 (0)23 8059 7246
Mobile +44 (0)7976 289103

> Hello all,


> I am working with Read and Write Gold 11 on Windows 7 and have the

> following question:


> Is it possible to get the text-to-speech functionality to switch

> automatically from one language to another?


> I have an MS Word 2010 (DOCX) file with English, Spanish, and German

> content in which the appropriate sections are all properly marked using

> the Language settings. I have also installed the above TTS engines on my

> system. I am not having much success in getting voices to automatically

> switch. Is this something that is supported in RWG 11?


> Thanks,

> Sean


> Sean Keegan

> Associate Director, Assistive Technology

> Office of Accessible Education - Stanford University





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