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This is a list of abbreviations and acronyms that are being added to two sandbox test rigs, to be tested in the Waze clients to learn their TTS output results for North America. (Jenncard maintained a second test rig.)
All tests are with the Nuance female "Samantha" voice only as used in North America. While we expect that the other voice choice for NA, "Tom", is likely to use the same TTS databases, we have not tested for it.
The list includes all the official and alternate abbreviations of the United States Postal Service, all the English abbreviations for Canada Post, a subset of the French abbreviations for Canada Post, a subset from the U.S. Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices plus a number of others suggested by Waze users. (Additional abbreviations from the MUCCD for each U.S. State and from any equivalent list for each Canadian Province, have not yet been compiled.)
Official abbreviation list sources for specific states or providences are linked from their respective names in the test list.
If you already know or learn any TTS results, please post them here. Please submit only results that you are absolutely sure of, with the exact spelling (including any capitalization) of the abbreviation, and the confirmed TTS output result.
Also submit any additional abbreviations that you feel should be part of the list for testing and/or for future inclusion in the TTS system.
Some current abbreviations such as "Penn" (which generates "Pennsylvania") should probably be removed from the TTS system in favor of using the two letter state and province system. We should also discuss others for consideration that may need to be removed from the TTS.
To hear the most current TTS results from your Waze client device, it may be necessary to clear your current TTS cache. Enter "cc@tts" without quotes in the Navigation search to clear the cache. Waze should reply with a "TTS cache has been cleared!" popup box. Then wait for "Searching ..." to end.
This list will be updated periodically. (The initial list was submitted 2012-01-18, which took a month for Waze to process, and for us to test in the Waze Clients.)
Once we learn what the TTS currently knows, we can add the results of this list to the Wiki, plus
we can use it to submit our requested TTS "wishlist" changes to Waze. Please note that inclusion in the last does NOT mean we endorse an abbreviations. This list is merely to research the abbreviations that Waze currently recognizes.
To learn how to hear the TTS files on your Android device manually, read the side notes in the following post: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=15178&p=144296#p144296
A section on Abbreviations has been added to the Waze Wiki:
Editing Manual > How to label and name roads > Abbreviations
Google Docs Spreadsheet:
Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clients - Test List for North America