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About This Web Site

Last Modified: March 26, 2000

I am writing the NaturallySpeaking Unofficial Information Site as a public service, and a labor of love. I receive no compensation for the work which I put into this site. This site is provided solely as a service for the users of Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

My name is Joel Gould, and I was the architect and lead engineer for the original development of the Dragon NaturallySpeaking family of products (see About the Author). As the original architect of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, I have unique knowledge which can benefit users of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I have chosen to share some of my wisdom and efforts with the community of Dragon NaturallySpeaking users.

All of the information on this site comes from personal knowledge or discussions with other engineers working on the Dragon NaturallySpeaking family of products. All the software posted on this web site was personally developed by me, or was supplied by third parties so that it could be made available to a broader audience.

This site is not associated with Dragon Systems in any way. Dragon Systems has not authorized this site, and Dragon Systems has no editorial control over the contents of the site. Please do not contact Dragon Systems to complain about information which you read on this site. Please do not contact Dragon Systems for support for any of the utility programs which you download from this site.

To the best of my knowledge, all of the information on this site was accurate at the time each page was written. Because Dragon NaturallySpeaking is an evolving product, please be sure to read each page carefully to determine for which versions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking the information applies.

This site is not designed as a support site, nor is it a complete repository of information relative to Dragon NaturallySpeaking. There are other sites on the internet (see Where to Get Help) which have additional information or which provide access to a large community of knowledgeable Dragon NaturallySpeaking users to whom you can pose questions.

I receive no compensation for maintaining this web site. (Although my farther-in-law gets a very small kickback from for people who order the books I recommend by clicking on the links on this site. This small kickback helps defray his costs of hosting my family's homepage.) I also remain neutral with respect to resellers and retail outlets who sell Dragon NaturallySpeaking products. Although I would like to acknowledge that Synapse, a provider of speech recognition solutions, has graciously hosted this site for free since 1998.

I work on this site in my spare time, as the mood hits me. Because of that, I cannot guarantee the frequency of updates, especially as new products are announced by Dragon Systems.

Please enjoy this web site. I hope you find its information helpful in getting the most out of Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

Technical Details

This web site was designed by hand, without the use of a commercial HTML editor of any kind. I had previously been using a tool called Trellix, but that tools creates sites which are heavly based on frames. The frames were causing problems with search engines, printing and with screen readers.

My current web site design tool set is based on a Python program which I wrote myself. The guts of each page is written in HTML, dictated into Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Then, I post-process every source file to add the heading and navigation menu.

For the interested, I have included copies of the Python program and template files which I use to create this web site.

  • mainmenu.src
  • template.src
  • This web page ( was last modified on March 26, 2000. The contents of this page are (c) Copyright 1998-1999 by Joel Gould. All Rights Reserved. See Copyright Information for more details.

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