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Accessibility statement

Accessibility statement | South Lanarkshire Council

Browsers and display issues

We do our best to use the latest web standards in the design and build of our websites. We suggest you use one of following browsers:

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • internet Explorer version 8 or above
  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome

Our website may look different in some browsers than others but will work in the same way on those listed.

How to use the ReadSpeaker Listen function

ReadSpeaker allows the text on the website to be read out loud to you.  It provides you assistance if you have trouble reading text online.  By having the text read out loud to you, you can understand the information on the website more easily.  This makes the content more accessible and the website more pleasant to visit.  As a user you don't have to download anything.

How does it work?

Listen to the main content

You simply click the Listen button to listen to the webpage's content:

listen button

An audio player appears (see image below) and ReadSpeaker starts reading the text of the webpage out loud.

Audio player

In the player you can:

  • Pause/restart the reading
  • Stop the reading
  • Use the progress bar to navigate in the audio
  • Adjust the volume
  • Click the settings icon to adjust the behaviour of the service
  • Click the download icon to download the audio file
  • Close the player

You can use tab/shift+tab to navigate inside the player and press enter to activate a certain button or link.

Listen to selected text

You can select a part of the text that you want to listen to and then press the pop-up Listen button that appears next to the mouse pointer.  When you click the pop-up Listen button, an audio player appears (see the image below) and ReadSpeaker starts reading the text you have selected.

pop up listen button

Settings

In the settings menu, you can:

  • Choose whether you want to have the text highlighted while read
  • Choose whether you want the text highlighted on a word and sentence basis, sentence only, or word only
  • Choose style and colours for the highlighting
  • Choose whether you want the reading speed to be slow, medium, or fast
  • Choose whether you want the page to scroll automatically to follow the highlighted text
  • Choose whether you want the pop-up Listen button to be shown when text is selected

ReadSpeaker settings

Please visit ReadSpeaker's website for more information about online text to speech.