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Hear our Website - Browsealoud

 

South Staffordshire Council is pleased to introduce a new service to aid accessibility on our website for those with reading difficulties. We have teamed up with Texthelp Systems to provide a service which gives our visitors the chance to listen to www.sstaffs.gov.uk

 

All you have to do is simply install the free Browsealoud software by following the steps below.

 

Browsealoud is a Windows Browser plug-in designed for use with Internet Explorer 4 upwards or Netscape Navigator. You can control the voice, pitch and the speed. When you scroll over the text on the website, browsealoud will read and speak what you require.
 
Before you install the software, you can get further information by visiting the Browsealoud website.
 
Step 1
To install the software, please click on the link to go to the BrowseAloud website.
 
Browsealoud logo - Link to Browsealoud - Texthelp Systems website to download the Browsealoud software

 

Step 2

To install browsealoud you have two options
 
Click the 'DOWNLOAD Interactive Web Install' link on the browsealoud website, choose the 'Save' option. Once this setup file has been downloaded, click 'Open' to commence the installation.
 
Click the 'DOWNLOAD Single Installation File' link on the browsealoud website, choose the 'Save' option. Then when the file has been downloaded, click 'Open' to commence the installation.
 
* Smart Web Install - The size of this download depends on the configuration of the user's computer. An internet connection is required during this type of installation.

 

Using Browsealoud

 

Note: When browsealoud is running pressing the ctrl key will toggle the reading facility on/off. 
 
The browsealoud system, when installed will sit running in the background, until you enter a browsealoud enabled website.
 
If using windows you may notice the browsealoud icon in your system tray:
 
Browsealoud Icon in Windows System Tray

 

Right clicking on this will allow you to open up the browsealoud settings.

 

Right click and press exit to turn off browsealoud.  The service will restart when you select browsealoud from the programs menu

 

Speech

Here you can alter the pitch, speed and volume of the speech facility. Simply move the slider left or right until you get your preferred sound.
 
You can also choose male or female voices which has options set for you.
 
Image of the 'speech' tab of the browsealoud options screen

 

Pronunciation

You can add a dictionary of words and how to say them phonetically in this section. For those words, particularly Welsh words and names, which Browsealoud has difficulty in pronouncing.
 
Imge of the 'pronunciation' tab in Browsealoud

 

Updates

You have the opportunity to update your information on a regular basis with this section. There are options to download more voices, updates to the software etc and also the chance to update your list of websites that Browsealoud can access.
 
Image of the 'update' tab for browsealoud

 

Misc

This section allows you set your preferences on how Browsealoud works with your computer and how it functions when accessing websites.
 
Image of the 'misc' tab on Browsealoud

 

 

 

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