This website offers BrowseAloud, a computer program that works with web browsers to allow users to listen to text that appears as it is read aloud. BrowseAloud can help persons with difficulties reading text online, literacy problems, learning disabilies, such as dyslexia, and limited English skills.
To use BrowseAloud, click the ear-shaped icon next to the search field in the upper-right corner of the website. A computer-generated voice will read aloud any selected text, highlighting the specific text as it is read. A toolbar allows users to control the software.
Description of BrowseAloud Toolbar Functions
Note: Not all features are available at all times within BrowseAloud.
|Function Icon||Function Name||
|Hover||Starts reading the page out loud - this feature is on by default|
|Play||Starts reading selected text or reads from the top of the page|
|Translate||Provides written and spoken translations in multiple languages|
|MP3 Maker||Converts selected text into an MP3|
|Screenmask||Blocks distractions on screen with a tinted mask|
|Text Ticker||Enlarges text and reads it out loud; to enable, click this icon, highlight the text to read aloud, and then click the triangle play icon.|
|Simplify||Removes clutter from the screen, displaying only the main text|
|Settings||Customize options to suit individual needs or preferences|
|Help||Show a simple help page that explains what the BrowseAloud toolbar does|