This page explains how you can listen to our website using a programme called BrowseAloud, which is free to download for our customers.
23/03/2012 8:46 a.m.
BrowseAloud 'speaks' web pages for those who find it difficult to read text on screen and users can get a definition of words by using the dictionary feature in BrowseAloud. The programme is of particular benefit to those:
- with Dyslexia.
- with literacy difficulties.
- with mild visual impairments.
- for whom English is a second language.
Once BrowseAloud is downloaded onto your computer it works by speaking the words as a cursor moves over the selected text.
You can download the BrowseAloud software for free by following the link below.
www.browsealoud.com/nz/download (Opens in a new window)
How does it work?
Once downloaded, the BrowseAloud icon will appear in the system tray, which is usually found in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
By simply placing the mouse cursor over the text, the sentence will be read aloud and highlighted as it read aloud. You can choose to listen to selected sections of text or the entire page from where your cursor is pointed.
Customise your BrowseAloud settings
To customise your BrowseAloud settings, right click on the BrowseAloud icon and choose 'Open BrowseAloud settings' from the menu. There are a number of options, including:
- change the speed of the voice.
- change the colours used in text highlighting.
- save text as an MP3 file.
- have links identified.
- customise pronunciations.
You can also turn off the automatic speaking of sentences and turn on the dictionary feature. Simply highlight a word, right-click and select 'Dictionary Definition'.
The Support pages of the BrowseAloud website contain the following help information and instructions.
- download and Install BrowseAloud - how to download and install BrowseAloud.
- Frequently Asked Questions - answers to common questions people have about getting and using BrowseAloud.
- Video Tour - view the BrowseAloud video tour.
- PC User Guide - view the online PC user guide.
- Mac User Guide- view the online Mac user guide.
- System Requirements - view system requirements for BrowseAloud.
- Contact BrowseAloud - ask BrowseAloud questions
View BrowseAloud Support. Follow the link below.
www.browsealoud.com/nz/support (Opens in a new window)
For further information about Accessibility on this website, follow the link below.