Inspired by this question: Is there a need for better software for writers? I have an IDE¹ related question about software that can assist writers.
Is there a tool to (easily) turn technical writing into a narration script?
I'm making DAISY² documents from Word files. The text can contain multiple ugly sentences, and I often find myself marking them up oddly to create a human-pronounceable versions. The technical document and the audiobook/HTML version use the same words (except things like "e.g." becoming "for example"), but the mega-sentences are hard to parse. Some of my edits are standard, and I'm only noting them to be able to find-and-replace them later.
What I would like the software to be able to do:
- Mark text as belonging to a certain category. For example:
- This is an on-screen phrasing
- This is the 'noun' of the sentence
- Apply special conditions for definable lists of keywords. For example:
- Treat words in this list as 'end-noun-phrases'
- Treat words in this list as adjectival screen terminology.
I can visualize how I would like the software to work; dragging a phrase to a "resource" pane to mark it as a specific type that should then be highlighted/marked a certain way. I just have no idea how to do it, besides my manual mark-up.
I can see a tool like this being useful for anyone who creates online-learning from technical writing, not just my very specific scenario. (At my job we create the sync-able HTML using Dolphin Publisher, we record the audio, and then they get synched.)
¹ Integrated Development Environment - Collective term for the editing software used by programmers. Common features include; keyword/syntax highlighting and auto-completion.
² DAISY is a standard for multimedia books, often navigate-able audio books, created for accessibility purposes. Because text is highlighted as it is spoken, it's also great for dyslexics. It's a little more flexible than an audiobook, but for my purposes, it's basically an audiobook with a visible HTML side.