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 GizmoGuy411 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:16 am

WeeZer14 just found an issue in New York City with signs that say "NYC". Waze does not pronounce it properly at all.

I'm adding them all the list, however which of the following should we request:
a) NYC = "New York City"
b) NYC = "NYC" (the letters)
c) N.Y.C. = "New York City"
d) N.Y.C. = "NYC" (the letters)
e) other

I'm thinking b and c.

(As a side note, Excel says "New York City" for "NYC" and says the letters "N", "Y", "C" for "N.Y.C")
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:30 am

A section on Abbreviations has been added to the Waze Wiki "Editing Manual" under "How to label and name roads":
http://www.waze.com/wiki/index.php/How_ ... reviations

The lead post here has also been edited and updated.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby sketch » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:32 pm

GizmoGuy411 wrote:WeeZer14 just found an issue in New York City with signs that say "NYC". Waze does not pronounce it properly at all.

I'm adding them all the list, however which of the following should we request:
a) NYC = "New York City"
b) NYC = "NYC" (the letters)
c) N.Y.C. = "New York City"
d) N.Y.C. = "NYC" (the letters)
e) other

I'm thinking b and c.

(As a side note, Excel says "New York City" for "NYC" and says the letters "N", "Y", "C" for "N.Y.C")

"NYC" should be pronounced "N Y C", as should "N.Y.C." If a sign says "New York City", we should put "New York City" in the name, not "N.Y.C."
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:17 pm

That is just it. The signs do not say New York City. They just say NYC with no spaces or periods.

So my thinking was that for that abbreviation TTS should just say " en wye cee" to reflect the same brevity.

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

Postby sketch » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:43 pm

I agree. I also stated "N.Y.C." should be read like that, though. No need for it to unabbreviate it at all.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby CBenson » Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:41 pm

I just discovered that "Pr." is on a few BGSs around here as an abrieviation for "Prince." The TTS says "pea are."
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:56 pm

CBenson wrote:I just discovered that "Pr." is on a few BGSs around here as an abrieviation for "Prince." The TTS says "pea are."

Another one to just spell out? Though I'm not sure what "pr" would otherwise conflict with.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby harling » Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:14 pm

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:
CBenson wrote:I just discovered that "Pr." is on a few BGSs around here as an abrieviation for "Prince." The TTS says "pea are."

Another one to just spell out? Though I'm not sure what "pr" would otherwise conflict with.

Puerto Rico? Pier? Pair?

I could see having TTS pronounce 'Pr.' as "Prince" in TTS... but at only six letters, and the possible interference with highway names all over Puerto Rico :) , it might make more sense to just spell out "Prince" where it is needed.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:40 pm

Not sure if anyone else confirmed this, but last night, I found that St. is pronounced as "Saint". This was in "Bay St. Louis". I don't know whether it's the positioning or the period that makes it work. It pronounces Louis "Lou-ee", but that's another issue.

Sketch pointed out yesterday in another thread that "Iberville" is pronounced "d'Iberville", which is surprising. We pronounce the street "EYE-ber-vil" whereas d'Iberville, like the town in Mississippi, is usually pronounced "dee-IHB-er-vil".
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby bgodette » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:04 pm

jasonh300 wrote:Not sure if anyone else confirmed this, but last night, I found that St. is pronounced as "Saint". This was in "Bay St. Louis". I don't know whether it's the positioning or the period that makes it work. It pronounces Louis "Lou-ee", but that's another issue.

Sketch pointed out yesterday in another thread that "Iberville" is pronounced "d'Iberville", which is surprising. We pronounce the street "EYE-ber-vil" whereas d'Iberville, like the town in Mississippi, is usually pronounced "dee-IHB-er-vil".

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