Voiceover incorrectly expands "Gov." to "Governor"

Number:rdar://29382830 Date Originated:24 November 2016
Status:Closed Resolved:
Product:iOS Product Version:10.1
Classification: Reproducible:Yes
Voiceover automatically expands "Gov." to "Governor" – presumably to handle cases like "Gov. Jerry Brown". However, it does this even if the period is followed by further alphabetical characters as in "GOV.UK" or "GOV.AU" – which seems to be a common pattern for (e.g.) government websites.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Enable Voiceover on iOS 10.1
2. Visit https://www.gov.uk/
3. Instruct Voiceover to read the page content.

Expected Results:
Voiceover would read:

[Skip to main content, link]
Gov UK, [link, banner, landmark]
Welcome to Gov UK
The best place to find government services and information
Simpler, clearer, faster
Search Gov UK

Or a sensible variant thereof (e.g. pronouncing the period in GOV.UK as it would in a url)

Actual Results:
Voiceover reads:

[Skip to main content, link]
Governor, UK, [link, banner, landmark]
Welcome to Governor, UK
The best place to find government services and information. Simpler, clearer, faster.
Search Governor, UK.

iOS 10.1 [14B72]

Cannot reproduce on on OS X 10.11.6 (15G1108) or macOS 10.12.2b (16C48b) – this only appears to happen on iOS.

We believe (anecdotally) that this may have been happening since at least iOS 9.

iPhone 6s, Voiceover enabled, Daniel (Enhanced) Voice


This was closed with the message:

"Thank you for filing this bug report.

This is an older report and much has changed since it was filed. We are closing it. If this is still an issue for you, or if you have questions regarding the resolution of this issue, please update your bug report with them.

Please be sure to regularly check new Apple releases for any updates that might affect this issue. Again, thank you for taking the time to submit bugs. We sincerely appreciate your input."

However it also appears to be fixed as of (at least) iOS 12.2 (16E227).

By oliver.byford at May 31, 2019, 8:22 a.m. (reply...)

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