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This script currently relies on a feature that has been depreciated. It is pending a re-write. Do not install this until said re-write is complete.

Vocal Dictation is a script that adds vocal dictation to simple text boxes in wikis. It was initially written by User:Deadcoder for the Code Lyoko Wiki. It is intended for users with spelling issues or disabilities which make typing tedious or painful.

Supported Browsers

  • Google Chrome 11+
  • Opera Browser 15+
    • certain beta builds of opera
  • Chromium and compatibles
  • Yandex Browser
  • Certain configurations of Safari.
  • Internet Explorer with the Google Chrome Frame Extension "sometimes"

All unsupported browsers are unaffected by this feature.

Note: Apple is planning to add this feature to Safari.

Installation Instructions

Wiki Wide Installation

Amend the following to the common.js file for your wiki:

importArticles({
    type: "script",
    articles: [
        "w:c:dev:MediaWiki:Voice Dictation/voice.js"
    ]
});
importArticles — Best Practices for installing JavaScript on Fandom
The importArticles statement is designed to combine multiple HTTP requests into a single data transfer, allowing multiple scripts to load and execute faster. If you've been installing several different scripts, your JavaScript file has probably accumulated unnecessary import statements. Click "Expand" to learn how to efficiently batch import scripts to speed up performance and make your code look cleaner. One other approach is by using the MediaWiki:ImportJS.
If your JavaScript file has several lines of code that say importScript, importScriptPage, or importArticles, you may be able to combine them! By batch importing a collection of scripts with a single import, your JavaScript code will load faster and look cleaner. Consider the example below. On the left is an example of what your JavaScript file might currently look like. On the right is how you could improve that code.
Multiple imports — messy and slow One import — clean and efficient
importScriptPage('AjaxRC/code.js','dev');
 
importScript('MediaWiki:localScript.js');
 
importArticle({
  type: 'script',
  article: 'u:dev:FloatingToc/code.js'
});
 
importScriptPage('page1.js', 'wikiname');
 
importScriptPage('page2.js', 'wikiname');
importArticles({
    type: 'script',
    articles: [
        'u:dev:AjaxRC/code.js',
        'MediaWiki:localScript.js',
        'u:dev:FloatingToc/code.js',
        'u:wikiname:page1.js',
        'u:wikiname:page2.js'
    ]
});
Note: In this example, pay close attention to the placement of commas and other punctuation. For people who aren't familiar with programming (and even those who are!), a common mistake when writing code is to accidentally delete, forget, or misplace critical symbols like commas or quotation marks. This can cause a syntax error that breaks the code. Carefully follow the convention shown here when using importArticles.
But there's much more to importArticles than just this! For more examples and advanced usage, see the help page at Help:Including additional JavaScript and CSS.

Installing for personal use

The same as above, but add it to your global.js file instead.

What it does

Once installed, and caching has had time to pass through; this extension adds a small microphone icon to every textbox. If a user wants to vocally dictate the field, they click the microphone, wait for the feature to load, say what they want vocally, wait for it to process, and press enter as needed.

Known Problems

  • Internet Explorer, Firefox, and most of Safari are still unsupported.
  • Japanese words and loanwords are usually interpreted incorrectly.
  • The feature doesn't work in the "add a page" dialog. UPDATE: This bug has been fixed on 11/26/2013. It is not recommended that anyone use this feature.
  • Only small inputs can be vocally dictated. Large text fields, such as edits or edit summaries can't be dictated yet.
  • No chat integration.

Security notes:

  • This extension allows users to log in verbally by verbally inputting either their username and/or their password. This is obviously both insecure and unreliable.
  • The voice dictation features should not be used to input medical data, social security numbers, or any other private data.
  • The voice processing this extension allows for is performed on an off-site server usually, and thus should not be installed or used on classified servers or client machines.
  • There are still issues where the voice dictation isn't 100% accurate. As a result, voice dictation should not be used to work on anything mission critical.

Known Implementations

If there is a wiki that has this feature installed, but is not listed; please list it here. It is not mandatory to list a wiki which has this feature, just a preferred courtesy.

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