Posted on Tuesday 7th June, 2011
I'm pleased to say that my site - including this blog - is now enabled for BrowseAloud, a handy widget that reads pages to anyone who has access issues around standard text.
The BrowseAloud button at the top of each page looks like this:
Anyone who would prefer to have pages read to them can download BrowseAloud free and it works on PCs and Macs using most of the popular browsers.
Sure, people can already consume webpages using screen readers. But these can be relatively expensive and quite complex to use. This is a handy and much simpler solution for people who don't want to invest in JAWS or use the integrated Mac screen reader, VoiceOver.
The BrowseAloud interface is a floating toolbar that you can put anywhere you like on the screen:
As well as reading the page, BrowseAloud can:
- Read webpages aloud in a human-sounding voice
- Read secure webpages
- Read PDF and Word documents in their original format
- Highlight each word as it is spoken to show you where you are on the page
- Magnify text to your chosen font size and font style
- Translate word-for-word between English, French, German, Italian and Spanish - not sure how useful that is!
- Look up dictionary definitions
- Convert text to MP3
Whichever way you want to access the site, I hope you'll continue to do so.