This is the third post in a 12 part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year. This series is being written with the help and input of my two best friends, Jessica and Jocelyn Gladysz.
For the third request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:
3. Pronunciation dictionary for iOS
On the Mac, VoiceOver has a feature known as the "pronunciation dictionary" (image at top of this post). This feature allows users to define how words are pronounced when spoken by VoiceOver. This works by having users define a list of words VoiceOver speaks incorrectly alongside their proper pronunciations. Take for example the name Isla, pronounced "eye-la". Most voices in iOS read this name as "ice-la". On the Mac, a VoiceOver user could teach VoiceOver to pronounce Isla by entering "eyela". Another example is the "#" symbol. In Twitter apps, this should be pronounced by VoiceOver as "hash tag". On the Mac, this is relatively simple to do. We are asking apple to implement a similar feature for VoiceOver in iOS. The interface could look similar to that used for "Text Replacement", which is a feature that allows one to type a short string of characters and have it expanded.
Note: the aforementioned "Text Replacement" feature in iOS can be found in Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Text Replacement.
Be sure to check out our previous requests:
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