Finding out when WSR shows a window (or, a concise guide to IUIAutomationRegistrar)

When WSR shows a window (for example, the alternates dialog, the Disambiguation Numbers UI, or the dictation scratchpad), that window does not take focus.  These windows do not take focus because these windows could alter the state of the application that WSR is talking to.  For example, if you’re renaming a file in Windows Explorer,…

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Why you need to actually test instead of just looking at the source code

In a previous post, I mentioned that you need to set the GUID_PROP_COMPOSING property across text in a composition, or else Windows XP will terminate the composition. That’s true. I then provided a code snippet to set that property. That snippet is wrong. It turns out that you can’t set the GUID_PROP_COMPOSING property via ITfProperty::SetValue. …

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What’s new in Windows Speech Recognition?

Now that the Beta of Windows 7 is out, it’s time to talk about the improvements and new features in Windows Speech Recognition. For Windows 7, we focused primarily on improving the user experience and removing the “rough spots” that we did not have time to fix in Vista. First and foremost, we focused on…

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