How to use the Listen function/ReadSpeaker

If you have trouble reading text online, you may understand website information more easily if the text is read to you. ReadSpeaker allows the text on the DSS website to be read out loud to you. This makes our website more accessible and more pleasant to visit. You don't have to download anything to use ReadSpeaker.

Listen to the page

Click the listen button to listen to the web page's content.

The control panel pictured below will appear and ReadSpeaker will automatically start reading web page text out loud.

screenshot of expanded player

In the control panel you can:

  • adjust the volume
  • pause the reading
  • stop the reading
  • restart the reading
  • choose "No sound?" if your browser does not support Flash, or you wish to download an MP3 audio file
  • choose "Settings" if you want to customize the behaviour of the service.

Listen to selected text

You don't have to listen to a whole page if you only want to listen to a few paragraphs. You can select the text that you want to listen to and then press the pop-up listen button which appears next to the mouse pointer after you have made your selection. When you click the pop-up listen button, the small control panel pictured below will appear and ReadSpeaker will automatically start reading your selected text.

screenshot of pop-up player

In this control panel you can:

  • pause the reading
  • stop the reading
  • restart the reading
  • customize the settings by clicking on the wrench icon

Settings

In the settings menu you can:

  • choose whether you want the text highlighted word by word and/or sentence by sentence as you listen, or turn off the highlighting
  • choose whether you want the pop-up listen button shown when text is selected
  • choose whether you want the reading speed to be slow, medium or fast.

If you click on the Flash player you can control it with the keyboard:

  • play/pause: space bar
  • stop: Esc key
  • increase volume: up arrow or + key on the numeric keypad
  • lower Volume: down arrow or - key on the numeric keypad
  • fast forward: right arrow
  • rewind: left arrow

For more information visit ReadSpeaker's text-to-speech website.

 

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