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Help with hearing our websites

This page covers ways you can make your computer read aloud the content of our website.


Making your computer speak


Our sites are Browsealoud enabled. Browsealoud is a software program that reads aloud web page and PDF document content. Once you have downloaded the Browsealoud software onto your computer, all you need to do is place your mouse pointer over the text you wish to have read aloud and Browsealoud will do so, you can also opt to have the text being read aloud highlighted on the screen. Browsealoud is available for both PC and Mac just follow the link below.

Download Browsealoud for PC or Mac (new window)

Using a screen reader

If you are using a screen reader, we hope you will benefit from our use of meaningful headings, link text and alternative text to navigate our websites. We have also tried to make tables and PDF documents as accessible as possible. If you do come across a PDF document you cannot access, we provide links on every document cover to the Adobe online PDF to text conversion tool as well as a link to download Adobe PDF Reader, which is free and can be used to access PDF files. A link to each is also provided below:

Download Adobe Reader (new window)

Adobe online PDF to text conversion tool (new window)

For more information on help with hearing websites including using screen reading software amongst other assistive technologies, go to the BBC My Web My Way website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/win/hearing/sub_1.shtml (new window).

If you have any feedback you would like to share with us about hearing the content of our websites send us an email (new window), we would like to hear from you.

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