In this workbook series we will learn how to access basic accessibility features on a mobile device running iOS (iPad/iPhone). Today’s lesson will cover section 5 (Dictation).
Open the Notes, WORD, or Pages app. Open a blank document. On the onscreen keyboard, tap on the Mic icon. Dictate a sentence, then tap Done when you are done with your sentence(s). Ex: “I am learning how to use dictation features on the iPad (Period)”.
Here are some of the most helpful commands you can use with dictation – with the command listed first and then the result:
- question mark: ?
- exclamation point: !
- underscore: _
- comma: ,
- open parenthesis: (
- close parenthesis: )
- quote: “
- end quote: “
- colon: :
- slash: /
- ampersand: &
- percent sign: %
- caps on: caps lock on
- caps off: caps lock off
- cap: capitalize next word
- new line: insert new text line
- new paragraph: begin new paragraph
- space bar: type a space
iOS Advice shares "How to Get the Most Out of Siri Dictation" video below:
- Siri Dictation Guide: Detailed list of dication commands
- Beyond Siri: Dictation Tricks for the iPhone and iPad
Dictate the following sentences into the Notes app:
The dog ran and barked loudly.
Watch out for that car!
You can purchase 1, 2, or 3, apples.
I watch ABC and NBC to get news updates.
The menu includes the following: Hotdogs, Hamburgers, sausages, baked beans.
The teacher exclaimed, “Congratulations! You made the honor roll!”
Download the Dictation Worksheet here.
Commands to Start/Stop Dictation
The VoiceOver focus must be on the textbox and in edit mode (blinking cursor) before activating dictation.
- Gesture: 2 Fingers Double tap
- Refreshable Braille Display: Dot 1 + Dot 5 + Dot 6 + Space
- Bluetooth Keyboard: VO + -
More in the Accessibility Overview Workbook Series
- Part 1: Introduction
- Part 2: Rotor
- Part 3: Siri
- Part 5: Zoom
- Part 6: Font Adjustment
- Part 7: Invert & Color Features