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Government websites get speech enabled 17 September 2008

USERS of all Isle of Man Government websites can now listen to the written content following the launch of Browsealoud software which can be downloaded for free.

Browsealoud makes the websites much easier to understand for people with a mild visual impairment, low literacy and reading skills, dyslexia, or for people for whom English is not their first language. It enables the websites to reach more people who need Government services and to help them use Government information according to those needs.

Browsealoud software can be downloaded from its own website www.browsealoud.com or from the Isle of Man Government website www.gov.im where full information on how to install the software can be found.

Once Browsealoud has been activated on your computer, all you need to do is run the mouse over the text and Browsealoud will read back the contents. The pitch, speed and volume of the reading voice can be customised and it can also be used to read other websites that can use Browsealoud, such as the BBC.

The launch of the service is the result of a cross-Government collaboration involving the Chief Secretary’s Office, DHSS Social Services Division and Treasury Information Systems Division.

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