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 AlanOfTheBerg » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:44 pm

Why not just use the global standard of E for east?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:04 pm

qwaletee wrote:It would be interesting to know the distribution of signs using Br for Bridge versus using Br for Branch, so that we could know which to assign causing the fewest issues.

As noted elsewhere, when in doubt, spell in out.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:30 pm

qwaletee wrote:Update on 9W. Text to speech says West. Ouch. I can't see manually updating every segment to use 9'w' instead of 9w. Also, I believe the quotes do show up, so 9'w' would be a problem. Maybe 'US-9w'?

If it is capitalized, it shouldn't do this. I know that I have "99W" and "99E" here in Oregon and they are always pronounced as double-you and eee respectively. However, these are state routes, so perhaps Waze doesn't have the same rule for the US routes.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:09 pm

qwaletee wrote:I have observed that this could be happening when my phone is bogged down with other tasks. Perhaps the thread that expands abbreviations has a low priority, and if it doesn't run in time, Waze just reads it as-is.

I don't see how this is possible. TTS audio is created at the server and the mp3 file is downloaded to the app.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:05 pm


Not many people are authorized to see this forum. It is titled "TTS New Voice - Testers" and currently has 34 members, 62 posts in 7 topics. It is a child of the Localization forum.

The only way I knew about the new voice, originally, was via direct email from Waze. I assume they/someone created this forum based on those who volunteered. I did not volunteer because there's enough stuff I do for Waze and I didn't need another thing to remember to test, give feedback for, which is then ignored.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:35 pm

The map update cycle is failing on the NA server, but if there are existing segments which have the following abbreviations, please find a way to re-test client TTS and post the results:

Dr.
Penn
BUS
St.
Jr.
CR-###
Intl
Int'l
Nat'l
SH-###
Thwy
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:12 pm

egnralnc wrote:
sketch wrote:In other words, it seems more likely that something in there is telling it to say "north" after a given list of things (e.g., "St", "Blvd", any numbers) than it is that something in there is telling it not to say "north" after "Pkwy", "Expy", "Chavez", and "Turnpike".

So, if that's the case, how to we get this fixed for "Pkwy", "Expy", "Tpk", etc.? Add to the Google Docs table?

It should be tested carefully. I have not seen any examples, personally, where "N" failed to pronounce "North" as it usually would be expected to.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:29 pm

sketch wrote:Any reason you want to retest these specific ones?

They've been around a while waiting to be added, and I've been working with Orit to implement them correctly.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:41 pm

sketch wrote:edit Tested it; "Thwy" is pronounced "thruway". Although I thought it already was.

Perhaps it was. I couldn't tell from the spreadsheet if it was working or not, as "Thwy" was marked as "Throughway" but also has "A" in the last column, meaning it needed to be added. Was a bit confusing.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:42 pm

sketch wrote:Interesting. Status page says the delay is due to an infrastructural upgrade.

https://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.ph ... 71#p740271
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