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This pages offers some assistance with how to download, customise and use Browsealoud screenreader.

This website is now speech-enabled, which means that you can download free software onto your personal computer and have the content read out aloud to you.

The free software is called Browsealoud and is used on over 2000 websites in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Browsealoud is a Microsoft Windows browser plug-in designed for use with several web browsers, including Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox. If you install the Browsealoud plugin onto your computer, you can have the web pages on our website read aloud to you and other sites that are Browsealoud-enabled.

Why speech enable our website?

Speech enabling our website provides an additional way of accessing our content for people who find it hard to read the screen. This includes those with dyslexia or learning difficulties, those for whom English is not their first language or anyone with a mild visual impairment. It is not designed to replace other screenreaders.

What is Browsealoud?

Browsealoud is a solution that allows you to have website content read to you. As you move the cursor over text, it is spoken aloud. Browsealoud is free to download and you have control over the voice, word pronunciations and speech highlighting.

How does it work?

You download a free, small browser plug-in. Once the plug-in has been installed, content on this site can be spoken aloud.

Does it work on all pages?

Browsealoud will read every web page on our site. It can also read PDFs in Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 6.0 or above. This meets the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C's) Level A guidelines for accessibility.

Can I customise Browsealoud?

Yes. Once plugged in, look for the Browsealoud icon in your system tray, which is usually at the bottom right hand corner of your screen (beside the system clock). Right click on the icon and choose 'open Browsealoud settings' from the menu. The speech tab on the settings window enables you to choose a male or female voice, change the speed, pitch and volume of the reader and even download additional voices. To read the entire page from where your cursor points, check the 'Continue reading from pointer' box. Otherwise Browsealoud will only read the individual sentences you point to.

For further help and assistance with the Browsealoud product, take a look at the Browsealoud Frequently Asked Questions.

Downloading Browsealoud

Use the heading above to be taken to an external site where you will find full instructions to carry out the download and installation. A Browsealoud icon will be placed in your system tray which is at the bottom right of your browser.

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