Re: Punctuation

Sarah k Alawami

Yes and the slash is called a stroke.  Makes sence if you think about it.  It looks like the stroke of a pen. Interesting history of words etc. I love history of words, but then again I am a teacher for what ever that’s worth.


From: <> On Behalf Of Quentin Christensen
Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2022 8:08 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Punctuation


Apparently the "!" being called "bang" goes back to the 1950s and either comic books (which portrayed a speech bubble with ! in it coming out of a gun to signify it being fired, hence 'bang') - or typesetting manuals:  I've never heard it used anywhere other than screen readers (not just NVDA).


I can't readily find a reference for the apostrophe being called tick.  In ASCII the grave accent is called the "back tick", and I assume that would have come from the same source.


I assume screen readers picked up those two names from the ascii and other similar references, but also because both are shorter to say than their more common names.  (Or at least more common here in Australia, I'm not sure whether either term is used - outside screen readers - to describe those symbols in other countries?


Fiddlesticks, I used my linguistic nerd quota in In-Process for the month last edition, maybe I can explore this in a future In-Process!


(Fiddlesticks of course from "Fiddle Sticks", the bows used to play violins, from the 15th century "fydylstyks").


Ok I'll stop now :)


On Fri, May 13, 2022 at 11:27 PM Steve Nutt <steve@...> wrote:

I’ve often wondered why NVDA calls the apostrophe a tick?


I guess the same reason that it calls an exclamation mark a bang, but it’s curious wording for the apostrophe.


All the best



From: <> On Behalf Of Quentin Christensen
Sent: 05 May 2022 23:47
Subject: Re: [nvda] Punctuationp


When are they being read?


If I write:



And up arrow onto that line, NVDA will read simply the word "don't", without articulating either the apostrophe or exclamation mark.


That happens with punctuation level set to none, some or most.  If I have punctuation level set to all then NVDA reads "don tick t bang".


If I right arrow through the word, then NVDA will always read "d o n tick t bang" regardless of the punctuation level


Given you worded them "apostrphe" and "exclamation" have you edited the "punctuation / symbol pronunciation" or dictionary?


In the punctuation / symbol pronunciation dialog, there are two entries for each.  Press the exclamation ! to jump to each of its entries.  Press apostrophe ' to jump to it's entry used when it is on its own.  The in-word apostrophe is three above the other one.  All four are set to symbol level "all" by default.


On Fri, May 6, 2022 at 1:20 AM Peter Beasley <pjbeasley23@...> wrote:

I have tried everything but am unable to stop NVDA form announcing exclamation and apostrophe.

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Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager




Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager


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