Tip from the author (Yves Champollion): I tried many alternatives for French. For example, I started by using exclamation* for !. That made plenty of sense. Note the final asterisk, which covers the plural: exclamations.|
However, the method quickly reached its limit. Those keywords are not always recognized the same way. It is difficult to reliably cover other punctuation, because dictation may fail in getting the right word ("parentheses" can turn into "per a thesis" or "preventive" or "prevent ISIS", etc..). Also, more complex expressions like accolade ouvrante (opening accolade) create problems.
I tried a set of medieval dates because they are rare, and better recognized, as in the following setup (Shift+F9 shows the setup in Word). This works more consistently. However, it's difficult to memorize all those codes! So the program reminds you of the required codes if you use Wordfast Classic, in which case, using those dates may be the best alternative by far. I also found that it's best to dictate the dates followed by a comma, or a full stop.