April 7, 2022

Formatting your Article for Narration

For the best narration results we recommend formatting your article according to these guidelines:

1. Only include text that you want narrated.

If you are uploading a text document, please remove any text that you would like omitted in the narration. Typically this includes text such as:

  • Photo captions
  • Advertisement
  • Call to actions at the end of a story

2. Remove any square brackets from the text.

Sometimes square brackets can break the AI algorithm. Please replace all square brackets [ ] with parentheses ( ) or commas.

3. Add hyphens between the letters of uncommon acronyms.

Our algorithm will be able to pick up common acronyms such as (NGO, WWF), but with uncommon acronyms we can guarantee correct pronunciation if hyphens are inputted between the letters.

  • Ex. UJAP --> U-J-A-P

Additionally, please note that acronyms that spell a common word, will be read as the word. If you would like the individual letters that make up the acronym read out instead, please add hyphens between each letter.

  • Ex. ADD will be read as "add" --> A-D-D will read each individual letter

For plural acronyms please add an apostrophe "s" at the end of the last letter of the acronym

  • Ex. UJAPs becomes U-J-A-P's

4. To ensure longer pauses use a period.

For colons, semi-colons, em dashes, etc, if you'd like to ensure that a longer pause is consistently applied, we recommend replacing these characters with a period.

5. Lists, bullet points, etc.

By default our algorithm will read lists by the number (ex. One, two, three, four), and bullet points are read as a chain of items with a pause inbetween each item. If you'd like ordinal numbers to be read instead, we recommend replacing the number with the ordinal term:

  • Ex. 1. Dogs are larger than cats for the most part. --> First, dogs are larger than cats for the most part.

If you'd like special treatment of bullet points, we also recommend typing out the sepcific term you'd like narrated:

  • Ex. Point one, dogs are larger than cats for the most part.

6. Upload a .txt or .doc file