Instantaneous speaking of content on touch devices

  • US 10,592,095 B2
  • Filed: 09/18/2014
  • Issued: 03/17/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/23/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for speaking touchscreen content, the method comprising:

  • at an electronic device having a processor, memory, and a touchscreen;

    displaying, on the touchscreen, a content container containing a plurality of portions of text,wherein the content container is one of a plurality of content containers displayed on the touchscreen, andwherein each portion of text of the plurality of portions of text occupies a respective area and a respective position in the content container;

    detecting a gesture on the touchscreen, wherein the gesture does not identify a first portion of text of the plurality of portions of text;

    in response to detecting the gesture;

    determining the first portion of text to be spoken based on;

    comparing an attribute of the content container relative to an attribute of at least one other content container of the plurality of content containers;

    comparing a size of the respective area occupied by the first portion of text relative to a size of the respective area occupied by a second portion of text of the plurality of portions of text; and

    the respective position occupied by the first portion of text in the content container; and

    speaking the determined first portion of text using a text-to-speech process.

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