Is it possible for Firefox (and Thunderbird) to be made more speech recognition friendly?
I switched to Firefox and Thunderbird after having a lot of trouble with MIE and Windows Live mail. I love them both and am very grateful to Mozilla. Now I have some problems with my hands and find voice recognition software a great boon.
I find I can do less with voice recognition in the Mozilla programs than in their Microsoft counterparts. Voice recognition "experts" tell me the reason is in the Mozilla programs rather than in the voice recognition software that I use.
Whether or not this is correct, I do not know. However, I don't want to be forced back to the Microsoft browser and email client, and so have posed my question to you.
Additional System Details
- Shockwave Flash 11.9 r900
- Google Update
- A plugin to detect whether the Adobe Creative Cloud is installed on this machine.v_2_0_0_0
- Dragon NaturallySpeaking Rich Internet Application Support - Plugin
- detect the version of extension manager
- A plugin to detect whether the Adobe Extension Manager is installed on this machine.
- iTunes Detector Plug-in
- Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 11.0.0
- Plugin for Wacom tablets.
- Intel WebAPI Updater - Installs and updates Intel WebAPIs
- Inte IPT Web API
- NVIDIA 3D Vision Streaming plugin for Mozilla browsers
- NVIDIA 3D Vision plugin for Mozilla browsers
- The plug-in allows you to open and edit files using Microsoft Office applications
- Office Authorization plug-in for NPAPI browsers
- CANON iMAGE GATEWAY Mycamera Plugin
- User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:26.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/26.0
Both Firefox and Thunderbird are Open Source projects so are open to suggestions for future development and for experts / interested parties to request features and be involved in new feature development.
I suggest you do a couple of things:
First please leave your feedback on the problems you are having with voice recognition here: https://input.mozilla.org/en-GB/feedback
This will ensure that your comments reach the right person / team.
Secondly I suggest you start a bug (or several bugs if necessary) to log the specific issues you are having. That way engineers can respond and try to solve the problem in future versions of Firefox.
You can file bugs here: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/ And there are guidelines on how to report bugs here: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/QA/Bug_writing_guidelines
You may also be interested in this article which is a review of accessibility in general (including speech recognition) and how open source software can help to solve the problems that currently exist:
I hope this helps.
Ed has great suggestions. I also found an add on that may be helpful, let us know what you think: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fire.../firesay/
^thank you, please ignore this suggestion
Modified by guigs
^ That extension hasn't been updated beyond Firefox 3.6 - "not available for Firefox 26.0"