Burlington Public Library has BrowseAloud functionality on computers inside the library. To launch the BrowseAloud toolbar on the library website, click on the BrowseAloud icon in the top right corner of the library’s web pages. BrowseAloud functions will work on Burlington Public Library web pages, but please be aware that links on library web pages may lead to websites that do not have BrowseAloud functionality.
Use the floating tool bar to access BrowseAloud features and options. The toolbar is keyboard accessible and the text description of each button can be read aloud. This toolbar provides instant high quality speech at the touch of a button—no need to download anything.
How to Use Toolbar Features
- Play by ‘Hover to Speak Mode’
- Play by ‘Speak the Current Selection’
- Translate page
- Text Magnifier
- Screen Mask
Hover to Speak Mode
Text is read out loud with dual-colour highlighting the words as they are spoken. Hover highlighting is useful for people with physical disabilities who use alternative pointing devices and allows users to point and read.
To hear text read aloud from a desktop or laptop computer, move your mouse pointer cover the text. From a touch screen device, simply touch the text to hear it read aloud. BrowseAloud may take a few seconds to start reading the text on the screen. BrowseAloud will also read pdf documents opened on the screen.
Speak the Current Selection
As an alternative to Hover Highlighting, you can select specific text to hear it read aloud.
Using the BrowseAloud toolbar, tap or click on the blue Translate Page button. From the drop down menu, select the language you want to translate the page into.
All the words that can be translated on that web page, will be. The translation only works on the current page; each time you visit a new page, you will need to translate that page.
Select any text on a web page and convert it into an MP3 file, and then save it on your thumb drive for later listening.
Activate the text magnifier button on the toolbar, and the hover on or select any text that you want hear read and see magnified at the same time.
You can focus on just part of the screen using this feature. Masking applies a colour filter to the whole screen and places a ‘window’ in the area you are reading.
Using BrowseAloud on your home computer
Look for the BrowseAloud icon on the websites you visit. More than 7,000 websites use BrowseAloud, so once you have it on your computer, you can listen to all of these websites, too.