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ReadSpeaker webReader

Using ReadSpeaker webReader

ReadSpeaker webReader allows the text content on a website to be read aloud. By speech-enabling text, you can better understand information, and listen to it anywhere and at anytime. This makes the content more accessible and the website more pleasant to visit. As a user, you don't have to download anything.

How Does it Work?

Listen to the Content

Simply click the Listen button to listen to the content of a web page:

An audio player appears and webReader starts reading the text of the web page out loud.

In the player, you can:

  • Pause/restart the reading
  • Stop the reading
  • Use the progress bar to listen from another place on the page
  • Adjust the volume
  • Click to download an mp3 file with an audio version of the web page or selected text.
  • Close the player
  • Listen to Selected Text
You can listen to any part of a text that you would like. To have a specific text read out loud to you, first select the desired phrase or phrases. Then click the pop-up Listen button that appears next to the mouse cursor and the audio reading will begin.

You can use tab/shift+tab to navigate inside the player and press enter to activate a certain button or link.

Use the Features in the Toolbar

Click the expand button in the corner of the Listen button to open the toolbar. The toolbar has many useful features which are explained below.

Settings

Click to personalize webReader according to your preferences. A pop-up screen will open where you can adjust the settings that determine how webReader displays and reads content. Read about each setting below. Your personalized settings are saved between sessions.

From the settings screen, you can change the following:

  • Highlighting
  • Text Highlighting On/Off
  • Choose to have the text highlighting feature enabled or turned off.
  • Highlighting Options
Choose what type of highlighting you would like. The different options are:
  • Word and sentence
  • Sentence only
  • Word only
  • No highlighting
  • Word Color
Choose the color that will be used for highlighting words as they are read or choose to underline instead.

Sentence Color - Choose the color that will be used for highlighting sentences as they are read or choose to underline instead.

Text Color - Choose the color for the highlighted text.

Reading Speed - Adjust the reading pace on a multi-step slider between "Slow" and "Fast".

Text Settings - Font Size - Choose the font size for Simple View.

Font - Choose the font used for Simple View.

Text Colors - Choose the combination of text color and background color used for text in Simple View.

General

Automatic Scrolling - Turn on automatic scrolling. When activated, the page will automatically scroll down to follow the highlighted text.

Restore Default Settings - Restore all settings to default.

Read on Hover Tool

Click the button to activate or turn off this feature. A green dot on the button will indicate that it is activated. When activated, webReader will start reading a paragraph when the cursor points to it. This allows you to listen to a paragraph you want to read without having to select it first and click the Listen button. You simply hover over it.

Enlarge Tool

Click the button to activate or turn off this feature. A green dot on the button will indicate that it is activated. When activated, webReader will display the sentence being read at the bottom of the page, with a larger font size and simultaneous text highlighting. You can play, pause or stop the audio and increase or decrease the size of the text.

Simple View Tool

This tool allows you to open a pop-up screen with the current page in a text oriented version. You can play, pause or stop the audio and increase or decrease the size of the text. The text will be shown using the colors, font, and font size determined with the settings feature.

Page Mask Tool

This tool dims the screen except for a highlighted area that follows the mouse cursor, or the finger on touch devices, to make it easier to focus on smaller portions of text at a time.

Translation Tool

You can select a passage of text on the page and have it translated into the desired language. The translation will be shown in a pop-up screen where it can be read aloud. You can play, pause or stop the audio and increase or decrease the size of the text.

Word Lookup Tool

Select a word and click the Word Lookup button to find its definition in the online dictionary.

Help

The help page gives you more information about the different tools in ReadSpeaker webReader. To learn more about ReadSpeaker, please visit www.readspeaker.com