Accessibility

Image: man listening to audio on his computer

We've added a tool called Browsealoud to our website that offers a range of benefits to our online visitors. This feature will read text out loud to you, helps make text bigger on the screen and even translates into different languages.

Please note: Due to website maintenance currently taking place, the Browsealoud feature is currently unavailable.

If you require more information in an alternative format, please contact us.


The best thing is, it’s completely free to use!

To get started, click on the orange Browsealoud logo that appears on the top right of your screen to launch the Browsealoud toolbar.

Read on to find out more about Browsealoud.
 

What is Browsealoud?

Browsealoud is a tool on our website that offers reading and translation support. It can help you to access and understand the information on our website.

Image: Brosealoud logoYou can use Browsealoud to

  • Read webpages out loud
  • Translate information into different languages
  • Enlarge the size of text
  • Create audio files so you can listen to our webpage content at a time that suits you
  • Remove  potential distractions on the screen

There are also a range of other customise options that allow you to tweak Browsealoud to suit your own needs or preferences.

How does it work?

Using Browsealoud is easy. To start you just need to open the Browsealoud toolbar.

To do this, select the orange Browsealoud icon located in the top right of every page of our website. This will open the Browsealoud tool bar.

Once open, you can drag and drop the toolbar and put it where you want on the screen.


What do the different Browsealoud buttons means?

Text-to-speech

This handy tool reads the webpage out loud. You have a choice of different reading speeds and there are also onscreen highlighters to make it easier to follow where you are on the page.Image: Text to speech (globe icon)

  1. Select the Browsealoud tool bar at the top right hand corner of your screen.
  2. Select the globe icon furthest left on the tool bar.
  3. Choose your preferred language.
  4. Finally, click the area of text on the page you’d like to read. You can stop and play the audio by selecting the square or triangle icon next to the globe icon on the tool bar.

Translation

This lets you translate web pages into 99 languages; speak translated text aloud in 40 languages.

  1. Click the Browsealoud toolbar at the top right hand corner of your screen.
  2. Using the same icon as Text-to-speech (the globe icon on the tool bar), choose your preferred language.
  3. Finally, click the area of text on the page you’d like to read. You can stop and play the audio by selecting the square or triangle icon next to the globe icon on the tool bar.

Audio files

Image: Audio files (MP3 icon)Our Audio tool allows for offline listening by converting webpages and documents into an MP3 file.

  1. Open the Browsealoud toolbar.
  2. Select the MP3 icon.
  3. Name your file by typing in the white text box.
  4. Once you have named your file, click and drag your courser to select all the text you would like to be included in your audio file.
  5. Click the orange button that says generate.
  6. Finally download your file.

Screen Mask

Image: Screen mask (eye icon)This allows you to simplify the page, letting you focus on the text you want to read.
 

  1. Once your Browsealoud toolbar is open, select the icon located in the centre of the bar.
  2. Move your courser to an area on the page you wish to focus on.

Your view for this screen mask can also be customised in your settings.
 

On-screen text magnifier

This tool is lets you increase or decrease the size of the text on the page, making it easier to read.
Image: Text magnify (Magnifying glass icon)

  1. Open your Browsealoud toolbar. 
  2. Select the icon fourth from the right of the bar.
  3. Finally click the area of text you would like to magnify which should now appear at the top of your screen.

Simplify

This tool gives you a range of options allowing you to view a page in a more comfortable format. This tool also allows you to change the colour of fonts and backgrounds on our Web pages.
Image: Simplify tool (text with arrow pointing down icon)

  1. Once your Browsealoud toolbar is open, select the icon third from the right of the bar.
  2. Once you've selected this icon you should now be able to see text only.


At the top of your screen you will also have options to adjust the colours of the screen and the text size.
 

Custom settings

Image: Custom settings tool (cog wheel icon)
Select this option to change the Browsealoud tool bar so that it meets with your own personal needs and preferences.


 

Reading PDF documents on our website?

Some of the information on our website is presented in PDF (Portable Document Format) documents. To view a PDF document you may need to have Acrobat Reader.  This is a free software package and generally comes as standard on most devices. If you don’t have the most up to date version to can visit the Adobe website.

It's possible to use the full range of Browsealoud tools on any PDF document that we have on our website.

To do this, select the orange Browsealoud icon and expand the tool bar. With the Browsealoud toolbar fully expanded, you then click the link to the PDF document. This will mean you can use all the Browsealoud features (such as translation, zoom and audio) on the PDF document.

Please note: If you don’t open the Browsealoud tool bar before selecting the PDF link, then Browsealoud will not be available.


Other useful information…

 

Changing text size

As well as using Browsealoud to change the size of the text on the webpage, there are also other ways to do this. Most website browsers (such as Internet Explorer, Safari and Google Chrome) give you the option to change the size of the text on the page. The standard setting is 100% but if you go to the Settings you should be able to change this.

Another handy tip is if you're using a keyboard you can press Ctrl and the + key to enlarge the screen. To reduce the size of the screen press Ctrl and the - key.
 

Using a keyboard to navigate

If you have restricted mobility or wish to avoid repetitive strain injury, you may find it useful to use your keyboard instead of your mouse to navigate our website.

By using 'Tab' button on your keyboard, it's possible to navigate and access all areas of our website. Pressing the 'Tab' key allows you to move and browse amongst the menus and links displayed on each page. Pressing Enter will then action your request for a particular menu or link (bit like clicking a mouse). The arrow keys on the keyboard will enable you to move up or down the page or from left to right.

If you need any further help please email us and we can assist further.

Online Chat
You can talk to one of our advisors using our chat facility. Please note, this service is available 8am – 5.30pm (Mon to Fri).