[Athen] website reader

Catalina Colaci ccolaci at yukoncollege.yk.ca
Thu Apr 22 10:42:13 PDT 2010

Have you looked into Browseoutloud ?
http://www.browsealoud.com/page.asp?pg_id=80059 from TextHelp

it is not too bad, it is relatively easy to download (for the public), it is free (to the public), and it updates itself (with the newest websites additions ) every time the computer is switched on.

Catalina Colaci
Learning Assistance Centre & Support Services for Students with Disabilities
500 College Drive, PO Box 2799
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 5K4 Canada

             t 867.668.8785  f  867.668.8814 www.yukoncollege.yk.ca

start here. go anywhere.
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On Behalf Of Ken Petri
Sent: April 22, 2010 9:41 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] website reader


Ohio State is piloting ReadSpeaker Enterprise for the next year. It is not free but their pricing seems reasonable (I know "reasonable" is a relative term). If you want to write me directly, I can put you in contact with our rep. See how the "highlighting" player works here: http://www.voice-corp.com/en/text-to-speech-services-for-speech-enabling-the-web/ReadSpeaker-Enterprise/Solutions/Expanding-Player/

Set up on the VoiceCorp end is the most expensive part and then you pay by number of page views--bought in blocks, I believe. Implementing on your own pages is very simple. Users do not have to install anything.

Once implemented on a web page, the "highlighting" version reads, highlights as it reads, and allows for an MP3 to be downloaded. The speech synthesizers they use are very high quality. The web developer can set the playback speed.

Our pages show it working in a variety of circumstances, explain implementation in some detail, and discuss some problems we have discovered:


(P.S. please ignore our woefully out of date accessibility advice page---it is being revised in the next few weeks. Yes, I know, it's bad....)

RocTalk is another commercial product: http://www.roktalk.com/. No idea on pricing.

Best regards,
 Ken Petri                    
 Program Director
 OSU Web Accessibility Center
 102D Pomerene Hall
 1760 Neil Avenue
 Columbus, Ohio  43210
 Phone: (614) 292-1760
 Fax: (614) 292-4190
 mailto:petri.1 at osu.edu

On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 11:43 PM, Nettie Fischer <nettiet at gmail.com> wrote:
Hello all,
I am trying to find a way to have my website read aloud for my few but inquiring visitors.  Is there a low cost or hopefully free program out there that can be included in a website?

Nettie T. Fischer, ATP
Assistive Technology Professional
Nettiet, ATP Consultants
[916] 222-3492 Office
(916) 704-1456 Cell

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