Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 12:07:04 -0500
From: Mark Mandel
Subject: Re: kleenex, sheetrock, and dragon systems; emoticon

Rima McKinzey asks:


Very impressive. But if you did the whole thing by speech, how did you get the emoticon at the end???


Very easily! ;-)\

That is, I created a command, using the Command Wizard, whose function is to type those four keystrokes, and maybe a
couple of spaces around it (I don't remember). I named the command "smiley wink", and for good measure I trained it: I
clicked the "train" button in the Command Wizard dialogue, and NatSpeak asked me to say "smiley wink" once. Now I
enter that emoticon by saying "smiley wink". Similarly, I say "email signature" to enter the following block --

Mark A. Mandel : Senior Linguist : mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]
Dragon Systems, Inc. : speech recognition : +1 617 796-0267
320 Nevada St., Newton, MA 02160, USA :

-- and "NatSpeak credit" to enter this --

This document was created by voice with Dragon Systems' NaturallySpeaking.

-- although I am typing this message manually.

By the way, the backslash in my smiley-wink emoticon represents my slanting asymmetric beard.

(BTW)^2 and back on topic, how do YOU pronounce "emoticon"? The first time I saw the word I thought /i.'mat.I.kan/, as
in "lexicon", and that pron still echoes faintly for me, although I say the word now as /'i.mot.'ay.kan/. It's an awkward
clash of spelling and pron.

-- Mark