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 Browsealoud

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

The free software is called browsealoud, and is used on over 2000 websites in the UK and USA. Browsealoud is a Windows browser plug-in designed for use with Internet Explorer 4 upwards. If you install the browsealoud plugin onto your PC, you can have the web pages from the DACMT-Acquisition website read to you (and other sites that are speech-enabled such as the defense website).

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. 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.

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. There is also an option to see the words that are being spoken in large size at the top of the screen.

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 webpage on our site. It can also read pdfs in Adobe Reader Version 6.0 onwards. 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, and change the speed, pitch and volume of the reader. 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 FAQs on their website.

Obtaining browsealoud at work

Please speak to you IT Administrator to request Browsealoud to be installed onto your machine.

Downloading browsealoud at home

Click on the image below and you will 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.

Link to Browsealoud download

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 Changing Font Size

If you find the text on this site too small you can also enlarge it by switching on Accessibility features in Internet Explorer:

  1. Open the Internet Options dialogue box from the Tools menu
  2. Click the Accessibility button at the bottom of the General tab
  3. Tick the box labelled ‘Ignore font sizes specified on web pages’
  4. Click OK

You will immediately see all text on your web page enlarge (apart from the text embedded in images).

If you are not able to open Internet Options due to restrictions on your PC, then you can, if you have Internet Explorer Version 7, magnify the web pages by holding down the control key and rolling the wheel between the mouse buttons. Note that this will cause the page to expand beyond the edge of the screen.

We are currently working on a facility for user of Internet Explorer Version 6 who are unable to access their Internet Options Accessibility feature.

If you find the text on this site too small you can also enlarge it by switching on Accessibility features in Internet Explorer:

  1. Open the Internet Options dialogue box from the Tools menu
  2. Click the Accessibility button at the bottom of the General tab
  3. Tick the box labelled ‘Ignore font sizes specified on web pages’
  4. Click OK

You will immediately see all text on your web page enlarge (apart from the text embedded in images).

If you are not able to open Internet Options due to restrictions on your PC, then you can, if you have Internet Explorer Version 7, magnify the web pages by holding down the control key and rolling the wheel between the mouse buttons. Note that this will cause the page to expand beyond the edge of the screen.

We are currently working on a facility for user of Internet Explorer Version 6 who are unable to access their Internet Options Accessibility feature.

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