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BrowseAloud IconHalifax Regional Municipality's Web site now talks!

To better serve you, we’ve enabled our web site with speech capabilities.

By downloading and installing the free BrowseAloud software from TextHelp, you can simply point at text on our pages and it will be read aloud to you.

Click here to download BrowseAloud (a new window will open).

If you’d like to learn more about BrowseAloud before downloading it, click here to visit TextHelp’s web site (a new window will open).

BrowseAloud is a solution that allows you the option of having Web site content read to you. As you move the cursor over text, it is spoken aloud. BrowseAloud is free to download and you have control over the voice, word pronunciations and speech highlighting.

You simply download a small browser plug-in and once installed, content on the site can be spoken aloud. BrowseAloud is FREE for you the user. The Halifax Regional Municipality subscribes to BrowseAloud to increase accessibility for all residents and visitors.

To install BrowseAloud, click on the BrowseAloud logo and follow the instructions. The size of the installation ranges from between 200k and 2.5 MB depending on your operating system. It should take no longer than 10 minutes using a 56k modem. Additional speech engines and languages are available to download.

For more information about this service, please see the BrowseAloud Faq.

BrowseAloud Features

Once you install the free plug-in, Open BrowseAloud options to see everything it can do for you. These include:

  • Reads aloud all the website content
  • You can choose it to be able to mouse over and read or have you select content for it to read
  • Has a dictionary feature to help you understand what the words mean
  • Allows you to save large documents as an MP3 and save it so you can listen later. (Great for large reports!)
  • You can even change the voices and speed it is being read at

BrowseAloud System Requirements

The System Requirements are:

PC users:

  • Operating Systems: Windows 7, Vista or XP
  • Pentium Processor 800MHz + upwards
  • Sound Card + Speakers
  • 15MB Free Disk Space

Recommended Browsers: Internet Explorer 6, 7 or 8. Firefox 3.5
For PDFs: Acrobat Reader 9 (Please note, BrowseAloud is not functioning with Firefox 3.6. Texthelp developers are currently working on a fix for this and we will have the update as soon as it is available).

Apple Mac users:

  • OSX 10.3.9 or later (now supports Mac OSX Snow Leopard)
  • 256 Mb RAM (512 Mb is preferable)
  • Compatibility with Power PC or Intel processor.
  • 20MB disk space

Browser: Safari v3 or later
20MB disk space