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
Before you install the software, you can get further
information by visiting the Browsealoud website
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
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
* 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.
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
Right clicking on this will allow you to open up the browsealoud
Right click and press exit to turn off browsealoud. The
service will restart when you select browsealoud from the programs
Here you can alter the pitch, speed and volume of the speech
facility. Simply move the slider left or right until you get your
You can also choose male or female voices which has options
set for you.
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
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.
This section allows you set your preferences on how
Browsealoud works with your computer and how it functions when