Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clients

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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby invented » Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:20 am

khaytsus wrote:Anyone know the proper abbreviation for Sideroad? I thought it was Srd and had been using this, but that is pronounced "S R D". Not seeing it in the spreadsheet either.


Canada Post offers no opinion, so I've been using Siderd in hopes it comes out okay. Bing uses Sdrd.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:49 am

khaytsus wrote:Anyone know the proper abbreviation for Sideroad? I thought it was Srd and had been using this, but that is pronounced "S R D". Not seeing it in the spreadsheet either.


Is this really a street type? Post an example.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby invented » Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:11 am

jasonh300 wrote:
khaytsus wrote:Anyone know the proper abbreviation for Sideroad? I thought it was Srd and had been using this, but that is pronounced "S R D". Not seeing it in the spreadsheet either.


Is this really a street type? Post an example.


http://goo.gl/maps/pRK49
http://goo.gl/maps/pWH6W

They're usually just regular streets, in this context.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby khaytsus » Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:22 am

jasonh300 wrote:
khaytsus wrote:Anyone know the proper abbreviation for Sideroad? I thought it was Srd and had been using this, but that is pronounced "S R D". Not seeing it in the spreadsheet either.


Is this really a street type? Post an example.

In my case, it's usually when a street has a side road which leads to businesses, or the road has been replaced with a wider road and the original road left paralleling the new road.

http://goo.gl/maps/K9k52 (ignore the name, Google and Bing both have it as the same name of the main road, but other sources have it as "Srd".

http://goo.gl/maps/2KZQh (this case they have the name right).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Side_road
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:10 am

invented wrote:http://goo.gl/maps/pRK49
http://goo.gl/maps/pWH6W

They're usually just regular streets, in this context.


Okay, I thought you were talking about a suffix. This makes sense.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:13 pm

khaytsus wrote:Anyone know the proper abbreviation for Sideroad? I thought it was Srd and had been using this, but that is pronounced "S R D". Not seeing it in the spreadsheet either.


Remember that the list is a test to learn every possible abbreviation that the TTS knows, and not necessarily a recommendation of what to use.

Since this is a bit of an usual case, and the name is not that long, I think it is best to not abbreviate it at all. (Falling back to our motto here of, "When in doubt, spell it out".

Of course I would still like to test for possible abbreviations, just not sure where to start. I did a Google search and found a few uses for "Sideroad" but did not see any useful abbreviations to test.

If you can find actual street signs using an abbreviation, it may help.

If you find the name as two words, then "Side Rd" should be fine. If you find "Sideroad" or "Side-road" then I suppose a specific abbreviation may be in order. From what I have read so far, it looks like the single word noun, "sideroad" is pretty much a Canadian usage, with little additional information. And as already pointed out, at least the Candian Post has no abbreviation listed for it.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby khaytsus » Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:01 am

GizmoGuy411 wrote:
khaytsus wrote:Anyone know the proper abbreviation for Sideroad? I thought it was Srd and had been using this, but that is pronounced "S R D". Not seeing it in the spreadsheet either.


Remember that the list is a test to learn every possible abbreviation that the TTS knows, and not necessarily a recommendation of what to use.

I consider it the authoritative list, since we don't otherwise get one from the Waze folks ;) But as you say, no abbreviation so I went ahead with "Side Road". Not that many in town, just "S R D" isn't good either. :)
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:01 pm

khaytsus wrote:...
just "S R D" isn't good either. :)


True, since with the spaces, TTS would speak it as "South R D". And the only way to get the four cardinal letters spoken as letters is to put them in lower case in single quotes, which would sure make your case look strange.

If you look close, there are also a few things in the list that we actually recommend to NOT use, and hopefully Waze will find a way to remove them in the future. (Like "Penn" for Pennsylvania, as then there is no way to have "Penn Road" spoken correctly, unless you misspell it :( )
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby Alice2 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:14 am

So, what do we do now? Today I heard Samantha say (twice) "keep left at to I 10 west" and it really was unclear if she meant to, two, or maybe too. It gave the impression there were two I 10 west roads. Sounded strange. Maybe she wasn't feeling well!!
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:46 am

Alice2 wrote:So, what do we do now? Today I heard Samantha say (twice) "keep left at to I 10 west" and it really was unclear if she meant to, two, or maybe too. It gave the impression there were two I 10 west roads. Sounded strange. Maybe she wasn't feeling well!!


Where exactly did this occur?
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