How to add voice typing or voice-to-text feature in WordPress

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voice-typing-in-WordPress

If you want to dictate your text while writing blog posts in WordPress you need to have voice typing or voice-to-text capabilities. So far you can do voice typing in Google Docs and there are some standalone online tools that allow you to do voice-to-text or dictate your text, but the feature isn’t easily available for WordPress. Even in Google Docs if you want to do voice typing perhaps it only works in Google Chrome; it doesn’t work in other browsers.

I have been using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for my dictation  needs. It’s an excellent voice typing tool and its voice-to-text features are exceptionally good. The problem with Dragon NaturallySpeaking is one, it is very expensive and even bulky and two, it is available only on Windows and Mac. If you want to work in Ubuntu, for a layperson it is practically impossible to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking. There are certainly ways around, but so much effort is involved that it is not worth it. So, on and off, I keep on looking for voice typing solutions that can be used through a browser and a standalone application like Dragon NaturallySpeaking is not required.

Since these days I am mostly working in WordPress, I was just curious to know whether a plug-in is available that allows you to do voice-to-text or voice typing in WordPress. Fortunately, there is a plug-in called Speech to Text. Once you have installed this plug-in, it creates a dedicated section under your blog editing area. It will be using your default speaker. All you have to do is, click on the microphone icon and start speaking into the microphone. The red microphone icon keeps beeping (visually, not audibly) while it is capturing your voice and converting it to text. Once you are done you again click the icon and it transfers the entire text onto the main WordPress editing section.

About Amrit Hallan

Amrit Hallan is the founder of TechBakBak.com. He writes about technology not because “he loves to write about technology”, he actually believes that it makes the world a better place. On Twitter you can follow him at @amrithallan

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