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Browsealoud is the easiest way to make websites more accessible to those with reading difficulties ... look, click, listen!

Are you an online education provider or the administrator of an educational website?

With the Internet being used more and more in education, not only by students for research, but also for the provision of distance learning programs, Browsealoud helps to make online education more inclusive than ever before.

Online education provision is a rapidly growing industry. Browsealoud provides a new, inexpensive way for distance learners with reading difficulties to more fully take advantage of web based learning.

For the traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ college or university, as competition to win students increases, your website could be the first impression that a student has when researching which institution may best meet their study needs. Browsealoud helps to create a positive impression for your institution, particularly if they are a student with a reading difficulty.

Speech-enabling flexible learning sites for post-secondary studies has obvious benefits for the growing number of students for whom English is their second language. Allowing your site to be spoken aloud by Browsealoud users, ensures that your students from non-English speaking backgrounds are supported in their studies online.

Licensing and implementation

Once your organisation purchases the Browsealoud service, implementation on your website is straightforward, often requiring no technical changes to be made to your website if it is already designed with accessibility in mind. The process of making your site speech-enabled is seamless and handled remotely. There doesn’t have to be any downtime on your website and there are no management overhead costs. Browsealoud is designed to have minimal security impact on your network.

Browsealoud automatically speaks new content when you update your site and handles personalisation services. Your Intranet can also be speech-enabled.

In addition Browsealoud provides sound financial benefits, making your website work harder. If more people can gain the information and conduct the transactions they want to effect over the web, the number of contacts by telephone and face-to-face enquiries goes down – meaning lower cost provision of services.


The Browsealoud service is one of the easiest ways to make your site more accessible. With the service’s low entry cost, no on-going management overhead, and merely the addition of a link to the Browsealoud program download page required, the service is designed so that your website can be speech-enabled in minutes.

Easy to do – what do I have to do to make my site Browsealoud-friendly?

  • Making your site Browsealoud-friendly is done remotely, so you don’t need to make any changes to your site
  • Browsealoud’s zero-install technology ensures a webmaster has no software to install on a webserver, or webfarm
  • Browsealoud is an ‘immediate solution’, it requires no technical changes to be made to your website if it is already designed with accessibility in mind (e.g. to W3C standards)
  • We just need to be provided with the website, intranet or extranet URL. Speech-enabling your site is seamless and handled remotely, there doesn’t have to be any downtime on your website and there are no management overhead costs
  • Browsealoud will be able to automatically speak new content when you update your site

Browsealoud allows the webmaster to specify how Browsealoud reads their site, including specifying:

  • The voice that will be used to read out your site
  • How the voice pronounces words
  • The language used when a Browsealoud user visits your website

Browsealoud Features

  • Browsealoud is a computer program that reads out all website content
  • As you move the cursor over words, they are spoken aloud
  • Browsealoud is free for anyone to use – get Browsealoud now
  • Websites have to pay a yearly charge to be Browsealoud-friendly

Find out more about the Browsealoud for Windows program
Find out more about the Browsealoud for Mac program

Browsealoud Benefits

  • The Disability Discrimination Act states that all services should be made accessible to people suffering from disabilities. Letting users have your site read out to them using Browsealoud will make your site easier to use for large numbers of people. View the World Wide Web Access: Disability Discrimination Act Advisory Notes
  • Browsealoud will also help you keep up with the competition – most large companies are improving their websites’ accessibility
  • Making your site Browsealoud-friendly is done remotely, so you don’t need to make any changes to your site

Browsealoud Security

  • Browsealoud has been designed with your website’s security in mind. Making your site Browsealoud-friendly is done remotely, so you don’t need to make any changes to your site and it won’t affect your website’s security.
  • The Browsealoud program does not connect with your web servers at any time. All text to speech processing is carried out on the visitor’s own computer. All updates of the program are handled by downloads from Texthelp servers.
  • Browsealoud has been rigorously tested and has Microsoft Gold Certification.

What do visitors to your website need to do to hear the content of your site spoken aloud?Click here to download the free Browsealoud program

Once your website is Browsealoud-friendly, visitors just need to download the free Browsealoud program designed by Texthelp Systems Ltd.

Browsealoud specifically aims to help visitors to your site who struggle with reading text.

Browsealoud Version 5 Features include:

  • NEW Instant Speech feedback with no delays
  • NEW Reads Secure Websites with a High Quality Voice
  • NEW Reads Intranets with a High Quality Voice
  • NEW Firewall friendly
  • High Quality Voices – including Australian voices!
  • Dual Colour Highlighting
  • Auto Continuous Reading
  • Text Magnification Display
  • MP3 Output
  • Talking Dictionary
  • Editable Pronunciations
  • International Languages – also speaks Dutch, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian
  • Reads embedded PDFs and Microsoft Word files in their original format
  • Reads Accessible Flash, Accessible Java, all Alt Tags, Dynamically generated pages, Dynamic Menu Systems, and Scrolling Ticker Bars

View Browsealoud Video Tours (Opens in a new window. If the Flash movie does not work you may need to download and install free Flash player plug-in)

Note: The freely downloadable Browsealoud program will only work with websites which are speech-enabled using Texthelp’s Browsealoud technology. A sample of these sites includes this Spectronics website.


Minimum System Requirements for Browsealoud programs

  • Windows
    • Operating system: Windows 2000, XP or Vista
    • System memory: 256 MB (512MB recommended)
    • Hard drive space: 20 MB
    • Processor: Pentium 350 MHz
    • Sound card and speakers
    • Recommended browsers: Recommended to be used with Internet Explorer 6 or later. Supports Firefox 3.x
    • Supports Adobe Reader 8 or higher
  • Macintosh
    • Operating System: OS X 10.3.9 or later
    • System memory: 256 MB RAM (512 MB is preferable)
    • Hard drive space: 20 MB
    • Processor: compatible with Power PC or Intel processors
    • Speakers or headsets
    • Supported Browser: Safari Browser

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