BrowseAloud… Making our website talk!

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BrowseAloud is a text-to-speech application that assists people with mild visual impairments, low literacy and reading skills and English as a second language to read the content on our website and other activated websites.

It can:

  • Read web pages aloud in a human-sounding voice
  • Read PDF and Word documents in their original format (on Adobe Version 8 or higher)
  • Highlight each word as it is spoken to show you where you are on the page
  • Magnify text to your chosen font size and font style
  • Translate word-for-word between English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Look up accurate dictionary definitions
  • Convert text to MP3
  • Mask information on the screen to help you focus on a particular area

Once the software is downloaded onto personal computers and activated, it works by speaking the words as a cursor moves over the selected text.

BrowseAloud is available free to people using ACIAR’s website. To read more about this software visit BrowseAloud website.

What does BrowseAloud look like?

BrowseAloud features and options are accessed from an easy to use, floating toolbar (see above). You can position this toolbar anywhere on your screen or hide from view, as you prefer.

BrowseAloud installation

For full details on how to download and install BrowseAloud on your computer, please visit the BrowseAloud website and follow the instructions in the download section.

Further Information

By providing BrowseAloud to the public, ACIAR is helping to meet Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act legislation.

BrowseAloud helps any website visitor who requires online reading support. This includes those with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, mild visual impairments and those with English as a second language. We hope in the future to be able to offer this service in more languages, including those spoken in the countries where ACIAR works.

For further information, please contact:

Joanna Hicks - ACIAR


Contact the BrowseAloudSupport Team