BrowseAloud

The KELY Support Group website has been speech-enabled using a free software called BrowseAloud.

1. What is BrowseAloud?
2. What does BrowseAloud look like?
3. How does BrowseAloud work?
4. What will BrowseAloud do for me?
5. Who does BrowseAloud help?
6. Download BrowseAloud



1. What is BrowseAloud?

BrowseAloud makes websites more accessible and reader-friendly to those who require online reading support.  It works by reading web pages aloud in a natural-sounding voice.  The user simply hovers the mouse pointer over the text to hear it read aloud.

2. What does BrowseAloud look like?

BrowseAloud

BrowseAloud features and options are accessed from an easy to use, floating toolbar (see above).  You can position this toolbar anywhere on your screen or hide from view, as you prefer.

3. How does BrowseAloud work?

BrowseAloud 6 uses dual-colour highlighting which highlights the block of text in one colour and the spoken word in another to give a clear indication of what text is being read. The audio-visual reinforcement also improves word recognition and comprehension. Users simply hover their mouse pointer over the text to hear it read aloud.

Here is a sample of how it might look like on the KELY Support Group site.


BrowseAloud Sample

4. What will BrowseAloud do for me?

  • Reads web pages aloud in a natural-sounding voice (includes websites, intranets, extranets, html, accessible Flash, form fields, alt tags)
  • Reads secure web pages
  • Reads PDF and Word documents in their original format
  • Highlights each word as it is spoken to show you where you are on the page
  • Magnifies text to your chosen font size and font style
  • Translates word-for-word between English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Looks up accurate dictionary definitions
  • Masks information on the screen to help you focus on a particular area
  • Converts text to MP3

5. Who does BrowseAloud help?

BrowseAloud helps any website visitor who requires online reading support.  This includes those with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, mild visual impairments and those with English as a second language.


6. Download BrowseAloud

logo windows
Download BrowseAloud 6.01 for Windows*

MAC
Download BrowseAloud 6.01 for MAC**

 


 

* System requirements for PC users
XP, Vista or Windows 7, Pentium Processor 800MHz + upwards, Sound Card + Speakers, 15MB Free Disk Space
Recommended Browsers: Internet Explorer 6, 7 or 8, Firefox 3.5
For PDFs: Acrobat Reader 9

** System requirements for MAC users
OSX 10.3.9 or later (now supports Mac OSX Snow Leopard), 256 Mb RAM (512 Mb is preferable), 20MB disk space
Compatibility with Power PC or Intel processor.
Browser: Safari v3 or later

 
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