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szw151
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Using Canvas with speech recognition software

Does Canvas work with Dragon Naturally Speaking? or any speech recognition software? I know a couple of years ago it didn't and I am wondering what the current state is.

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debi_griggs
New Member

I have been doing some research over the past few months and I am not finding any information of value. I saw one posting in which the author stated Instructure told him to use Dragon NS 14. However, I could not find any instructions, tips, or otherwise that we could pass along to students. speech recognition #speech to text

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Bobby2
Community Champion

Hi  @szw151 ‌, great question!

As far as I know it's not a possibility.

I've put forward a feature idea about it if you fancy voting.

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/14012-speech-to-text-in-rich-content-editor-in-windows-os-make... 

szw151
Community Participant

Thanks. I voted that one up.

Bobby2
Community Champion

Thanks  @szw151 feel free to share it as it hasn't gained much traction. 

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Tasha_Biesinger
Community Contributor

Any update on this? We just got a question about Dragon and Canvas, and if there are any tips or tricks to make Dragon work better with Canvas.

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Also, the feature request is now archived. Smiley Sad

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jhori
New Member

I would just like to state that I was able to navigate to this page and post to reply using nothing but voice control on Apple, which is similar to dragon on the PC. I find the best way of using this is to know the command scroll up and scroll down as well as show numbers.

szw151
Community Participant

Thank you so much for testing this!

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My pleasure!

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jbeyer1
Community Participant

This was tested with Apple software not Dragon.  Using Apple doesn't help the million of users on a PC.  

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gbeckmann
Instructure
Instructure

Hi everyone! Speech recognition is not currently one of the technology categories for which we at Instructure have an officially supported/recommended solution. However, we strive to engineer Canvas to web and accessibly standards which should allow standards-based technologies that are widely compatible on the web to work properly with Canvas. 

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which is responsible for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), has a web page about Speech recognition and accessibility: https://www.w3.org/WAI/perspective-videos/voice/

As that page discusses, keyboard compatibility and proper labels/identifiers are key mechanisms for supporting speech control. Canvas is developed and tested to WCAG standards in these areas. You can read more about these standards in the Canvas VPAT: https://www.instructure.com/canvas/accessibility