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BrowseAloud - Translator and Reader

This website is translate and speech-enabled, which means that you can personalise your PC, Tablet or Mobile and have our site translated and/or read aloud to you. The free software is called "Browsealoud", and is used on over 2,000 websites and 42 countries worldwide.

To find out more please visit BrowseAloud: http://www.browsealoud.com/uk/ 

Browsealoud LogoYou can find the Logo link at the foot of our site. By clicking on this logo you will be provided with a Floading toolbar (you can move this to anyway on your screen for your convenience) 

Toolbar Features include:

BrowseAloud Floating Toolbar

BrowseAloud works on all major browsers and platforms, including mobiles. All features are accessed from an easy-to-use, floating toolbar and the technology is provided free at the point of use. Click in the "Settings" link on the Toolbar and this will allow you to change the voice speed, text size etc... other benefits include:

  • Text-to-Speech
  • Spoken & Written Translation in 35 Languages
  • Text Magnification
  • MP3 Generation
  • Written Translations in 78 Languages
  • Customisable Options
  • Screen Mask
  • Improved PDF Reading
  • Improved Floating Panel

By rolling your mouse over the toolbar each button will provide a pop up description for your ease of use.

Benefits:

  • Reach a Wider Audience
  • Help Compliance with the Equality Act
  • Promote Equality & Opportunity
  • Demonstrate Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Encourage Personal Empowerment
  • Increase Digital Inclusion
  • Help Society's Most Vulnerable Groups

Why we have speech enabled our websites?

Speech enabling the Government websites provides an additional way of accessing our content and participation for people who find it hard to read or with print disabilities. 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 screen readers.

Statistics:

  • 10.8 million disabled people in the UK (20%)
  • 5 million disabled people in the UK experienced difficulties accessing goods and services in the last 12 months
  • 2 million people in the UK have a significant visual impairment
  • 10% of the people in the UK have dyslexia to some degree, and up to 4% are severely dyslexic (over 2 million people)
  • 4.2 million people in England and Wales are reported to have English as a second language.

Recommended Platforms & Browsers

PC:

  • Internet Explorer 8 and greater (IE9 or greater for PDF Reading and Simplifier)
  • Firefox (latest release)
  • Chrome (latest release)

Mac:

  • Safari (latest release)

Chromebook:

  • Latest release

Mobile:

  • iOS: Safari (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, latest release)
  • Android: Chrome (Android v3 and greater, latest release)
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