Monthly Archives: February 2013

The End of Typos and Carpal Tunnel

Well, maybe the title exaggerates just a little. However the voice recognition capability built into HTML5 opens the door to a lot of possibilities. If you are using an advanced browser such as Google Chrome11, try using speech data entry on the Contact Page. You don’t have to actually send the message.

Although you can speak more quickly than you can type, you can read more quickly than you can hear. Therefore, I predict that in the future data input will be verbal but error messages, or any kind of messages, will continue to be visual.

Then we have the question of accuracy. I found that the contact form was capable of understanding common names and a wide variety of words. It even correctly typed "Bonjour", though it made other French words and phrases into the closest sounding English words it could find. Is someone more likely to say their address and phone number incorrectly or type it incorrectly? I am guessing that a slip of the fingers is much more common than a slip of the tongue. Regarding zip codes, though, it’s a toss-up. Nobody gets their zip right!

With databases, as with computer programs, the saying is really true, "garbage in, garbage out". So I’m optimistic that, in the future, database administrators will need to spend less time cleaning up web-entry mistakes.

How to Pronounce “compendata.com”

The first half of the domain name is inspired by the words: compend, compendiary, compendium.  Compend rhymes with attend, befriend, commend.  Per dictionary.com, the definition of compendium is as follows:

com·pen·di·um
[kuhm-PEN-dee-uhm]
noun, plural com·pen·di·ums, com·pen·di·a [-dee-uh]
1. a brief treatment or account of a subject, especially an extensive subject; concise treatise: a compendium of medicine.
2. a summary, epitome, or abridgment.
3. a full list or inventory: a compendium of their complaints.

And data is, well, data, pronounced [dah-tuh].  Technically it is the plural of datum; however many people use it as both singular and plural.

So the pronunciation of compendata is [kuhm-PEN-dah-tuh].

If you have earphones, click compendata.