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About Text Labels

Q. What is a text label and why would I make one?
A.  Text labels contain text rendered into bar code format.  When you request text labels from the website, you'll be able to specify up to 100 characters of content to be encoded in each label.  When you scan them with the Digit-Eyes application on your phone, text labels are simply read out loud to you by your phone.

Q. What are the advantages of text labels over audio labels?
A. Text labels are useful when you know in advance what you want the label to say or where you want to share content (perhaps inventory tags or labels that identify critical household papers.) The content associated with a text label is public because anyone who has Digit-Eyes on their phone can read it.

Q. How do I get text labels?
A.  Using inexpensive address labels that are available at office supply stores, at "Big-Box" stores like Wal-Mart or online, you print them yourself on the printer attached to your computer. So, first, you'll need to get some blank address labels. Click here for a list of the labels you can use.   There are two steps in making and using a text label:

  1. Using your free account on the Digit-Eyes website, you'll be able request text bar codes for the size of address label that you purchased.   When you request text labels on the website, you'll see a sheet of input boxes that are organized like the labels you bought and you'll be able to type up to 100 characters of text for each label.  The Digit-Eyes website will give you a PDF file that contains the codes you requested and the file will be formatted so that the codes will fit exactly on your sheet of labels. Using your own computer printer, you will simply print the PDF file on one of the sheets of address labels.
  2. Labeling is simple.  Just stick the label on the item you want identified.  When you use the Digit-Eyes application on your phone to scan the label, the phone will read and voice the content of your label to you.

Q. How to I specify the contents of a text label?
A.  After you tell the system what kind of labels you have, you'll get an input form on the screen that is organized the same way as your sheet of labels.  There is an input box for each label.  Type into each box whatever you want to be encoded into that particular label.

Q. Do I have to fill in all the boxes?
A.  No.  If you leave an input box blank, no code is printed on that label.

Q. Do I have to print a full sheet of labels at once?
A.  No. You can type just the ones you want to print now. Note that the manufacturer of the labels for the laser printer says it is "inadvisable" to run the same sheet of labels through a laser printer several times because the sheet may curl and the labels may come off.  They offer no such caution about the inkjet labels.

Q. How many characters can each label hold?
A.  100.

Q. Can I change a text label?
A. No.  Once the text is printed, it is what it is.  If you want it to say something different, you'll need to make a new label.

Q. How many text labels can I have?
A. As many as you want.

Q. Do text labels take up storage space on my phone?
A.  No.  The text is encoded in the label; nothing is stored on the phone.

Q. Do I have to stick to alphabetic characters when typing a label?
A.  No. You can use symbols and numbers in addition to upper and lower case alphabetic characters when creating your Digit-Eyes labels.  You can also use non-English characters such as those in the Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hiragana, Kana, Kanji, Korean or Russian character sets.

Q. Wow!  So I can make text labels in languages other than English?
A. You can certainly make them and they will be decoded and displayed correctly on the iPhone screen, however VoiceOver may not be able to read them to you.

According to Apple, VoiceOver, the voicing software on the iPhone, can speak 21 languages including Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Dutch, English (US), English (UK), English (Australian), Finnish, French (Canada), French (France), German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), Swedish, Thai, Turkish.  To change your VO language tap Settings > General > International > Voice Control.

VoiceOver is silent when it finds a character it cannot render, so it will correctly voice Digit-Eyes labels that use the Japanese or Russian character sets but it will not voice Digit-Eyes labels in Arabic,  Hebrew or Hindi even though labels using these character sets will be correctly displayed on the screen.

Thus, if your text labels are to be used by the sighted, you can use any language; if you are making labels for people who are not sighted, you'll need to use only languages that VoiceOver supports.

Click here for more information from Apple on this topic.

Q. How do I know what a text label says?
A.  Scan it before you stick it on anything.  VoiceOver will read it to you.

Q.  What if I decide to get rid of my phone? Are the text labels readable with anything else?
A.  Yes. Any QR code reader can read the text labels. Only Digit-Eyes and Digit-Eyes Lite voice them to you.

Q.  Can other people read my text labels?
A.  Yes, if they have a QR code reader such as Digit-Eyes or Digit-Eyes Lite.


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