Now You Can Hear Web Pages Read to You

Now there’s an answer for those suffering mild visual impairment, dyslexia, and reading difficulties. With Browsealoud, Web pages can be read to you.

Raj Kher gave me a demo, using Information Today’s own Web site as the source. The speech software even recognized abbreviations for State names, translating them on the fly into whole spoken words.

The service has an interesting financial model. Web site owners pay to be included so users can access their sites for free. Depending on the type of company, the price for inclusion starts at 495 pounds sterling. Local authorities, said Raj Kher, Business Development Manager (pictured above), pay 2495 pounds, and companies start at 1995 pounds, based on the number of employees in their shops.

The service, said Raj, is available for Web sites in any of nine European languages (it reads the language the page is written in).

Dick Kaser
ITI V.P., Content

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