Browsealoud helps less able to communicate


The organisation leading the digital TV switchover in the UK, Digital UK, has speech-enabled its website with a new feature that will allow users to listen to content about the switchover read aloud to them.

Browsealoud is innovative in that its text-to-speech reads online content by also visually highlighting each word as it is spoken to those with dyslexia, literacy difficulties, mild visual impairments and those who speak English as a second language.

The system is provided free of charge to anyone who downloads the software and then can use the application for all websites on the internet.

Ford Ennals, chief executive of Digital UK said: "By incorporating Browsealoud technology on the website, we are further increasing our ability to give as much help as possible to vulnerable groups in society."

Mr Ennals explained that the digital switchover will "affect everyone in the UK" and said the tool will help get that message out.