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 AndyPoms » Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:18 pm

bart99gt wrote:
AndyPoms wrote:
bart99gt wrote:I read through the first few pages, and last few pages of this thread, and didn't see this mentioned.

Is Waze in the process of adopting standard USPS two letter state identifiers to TTS? As I'm sure everyone is aware, Waze currently just says the letters individually, it would be nice to have it actually pronounce the actual state name, either when used as part of a highway name, or as a City, State type reference.
This has been requested. However Waze doesn't say the letters in all cases, "CT" is pronounced "Court", "NY" is pronounced "North Why", etc.

We've also made a request to have things such as "CA-##", "NY-##", "MI-##", "LA-##" translate into the local "Route"/"Highway"/"El Ay"/etc name as well. This one is much longer term.


Very good, I figured that it probably had been, but sifting through 50 some pages would have been a bit tedious.

A lot of the State name stuff is covered in the Spreadsheet (linked to in the VERY first post).
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby banished » Thu Jan 19, 2012 3:28 am

Jr. = Junior in TTS, as in Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. I didn't see it in your list. I found that without the period, "Jr" induces TTS to say "jay are".

I expect the same result for "Dr." as in "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd". Since most every town has a street honoring MLK, it's appropriate to include it in your extensive list. Nice work, by the way.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby banished » Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:37 pm

bmitch3020 wrote:Label: Geo Wash Pkwy
TTS: George Washington Parkway.


Any abbreviation other than the standard N, E, W, S, St, Rd, Ave, Dr., etc., needs to include a period. For example,

Label: Dr = TTS: Drive
Label: Dr. (note the period) = TTS: doctor

Label: Geo. Wash. Pkwy = TTS: George Washington Pkwy

Rationale: "Wash" is not wholly uncommon word in street names.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby banished » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:16 am

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:I know that NW, SW, NE, SE work fine as a prefix and are fully pronounced as you'd expect.


Yes, I meant to include those. But other than a very small set of abbreviations, such as those, it makes sense to put a period after words not contained in that set, e.g., "Dr." for doctor and "Dr" for drive; "Wash." for Washington, and "wash" (no period) for wash, as in Wash Ave.
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Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clients

Postby banished » Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:45 am

Someone else suggested.

Absolutely...less is more.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby banished » Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:28 am

jenncard wrote:Two things that I can confirm:
1) comma does add pause, so perhaps change your sandbox from / separators to , to make it easier?
2) the space before and after the / are critical! Recently encountered a "Blah blah Ave/ Irrelevant St" named exit and the "Ave" was pronounced "ayve", NOT expanded out to "avenue"


Argh! I've been saying this (about the commas) until I've come down with carpal-tunnel syndrome. Never-the-less, Waze said they'll put in a ticket to have the slash (with spaces on both sides) to make TTS treat it as a comma, but who knows when that will happen?

Meanwhile, though there was agreement (at the Meetup) to eliminate "US Hwy xx" in favor of "US-xx", there's still hesitancy to adopt it until Waze makes the shields work for that naming convention…which is the way I feel about the commas. :? I just want to do the right thing, but there still doesn't seem to be any consensus.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby banished » Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:15 am

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:I saw a street sign today for a "Terrace" which used "TR" as the abbreviation. This would conflict with "TR" for "Trail."


I am uncertain if spelling or standard abbreviations is taught at Street Sign School. :lol:

Normally, Trail would be Trl, Terrace would be Ter

https://www.usps.com/send/official-abbreviations.htm (click on the Street Suffixes tab).
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby banished » Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:52 pm

jasonh300 wrote:How about "Int'l"?


I found the difference in TTS pronunciation between "Jr" and "Jr." (note the period), was "jay-are" and "junior" with the later being correct. I do not know if the difference between "Intl" and "Intl." would produce similar results, but though it worth mentioning in case it hasn't been tried, yet.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby banished » Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:02 am

Is there a preferred solution for business route syntax? With or without a period, TTS pronounces it "bus" as in Greyhound Bus Lines.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby bart99gt » Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:05 pm

I read through the first few pages, and last few pages of this thread, and didn't see this mentioned.

Is Waze in the process of adopting standard USPS two letter state identifiers to TTS? As I'm sure everyone is aware, Waze currently just says the letters individually, it would be nice to have it actually pronounce the actual state name, either when used as part of a highway name, or as a City, State type reference.
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