Op Ed with Bob Branco – Jaws and Typos Are Not the Best of Friends

Have you ever received emailed correspondence that was filled with typographical errors and misspellings, and wondered what in the world the letter was about because the speech software couldn’t pronounce some of it properly? It’s happened to me more times than I care to admit, and I feel that with today’s technology, as well as the protection offered by computers against these errors, that more of an effort would be made to correct mistakes. Every time I write a letter, I always read it over again before I send it out, just to make sure it’s readable and error free. Sometimes I never know the mistakes I make when I write, especially when I write quickly.

What’s even more interesting is that some of the correspondence I receive that isn’t proofread comes from professionals in the field of human services. It’s one thing to make a mistake, because we all do, but it’s another when people ignore the mistakes and send them out. As a blind person who depends on Jaws, I sometimes have to take things out of context that have typos because Jaws either mispronounces those words, or spells out groups of letters if there are no vowels to read. This makes the task of reading the material a bit tougher.

I don’t know how this appears to the average sighted reader. Maybe they have their own way of deciphering uncorrected text. I can too, but only to a point.

Most computers have spell check programs, and for those that don’t, there are other ways to edit mistakes. In the couple minutes it takes to proofread your letter, you may be saving someone a significant amount of time when they read it later on.

For what it’s worth, those of you who write to this magazine do a fine job on your correspondence, and we certainly understand everything you say. Keep up the good work.

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