Series: Assistive Technology 101

Beginner level introductory information about assistive technology including definitions of commonly used words and jargon.

Alternative Keyboard Layouts

Virtually all computer keyboards in English speaking countries are arranged so that the letter keys, if you read from the top-left, start off with Q W E R T Y. This layout is known by those first six letters – The “QWERTY” (pronounced like “k-were-tee”) layout. Most people aren’t aware of the fact, but there are alternatives to this arrangement of letters and punctuation and the alternatives can be very useful for assistive technology.

This article is about the options available, and about why you might want a different key arrangement to usual. Continue readingAlternative Keyboard Layouts

Text-to-Speech or Speech-to-Text?

There are a lot of searches that find this blog using the phrases “speech to text” and “text to speech” or equivalents using words like “voice”, “speaking”, “typing”, and so on. It seems from the logs, that a lot of people aren’t sure what the difference is between “speech to text” and “text to speech” so I thought I’d clarify. Continue readingText-to-Speech or Speech-to-Text?