Text-to-Speech

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

In just about any application, you can use VoiceOver technology to read the contents of the screen.  For struggling readers, you can use text-to-speech commands to read the content of an article.  Text-to-speech works best in combination with Safari Reading View (covered in the previous section).  

Support in OSX for this feature is described at: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21842

This feature is supported in Safari as well as other apps following the same menu path.

 

1. Text-to-Speech with Entire Web Articles

Using Text-to-Speech, you can have OSX read you an entire article.  After turning on Reading View, use the Edit menu in Safari to select Speech and then Start Speaking.  Reading View will clean up other text.  Then, Text-to-Speech will read the remaining titles, captions and article content.

You can also activate Text-to-Speech by holding Option+Esc.  Stop speech by holding Option and tapping Esc again.

2. Text-to-Speech with Sections of Web Articles

You can also highlight text to be read.  So, if a student is struggling to understand a particular paragraph, he or she can 1) highlight the paragraph and use 2) Edit > 2) Speech > 3) Start Speaking to have just that section read.

You can also activate Text-to-Speech by holding Option+Esc.  Stop speech by holding Option and tapping Esc again.

3. Text-to-Speech System Preferences

To make changes to Text-to-Speech, click Dictation & Speech under System Preferences.

4. Text-to-Speech Settings

The System Voice and pace can be adjusted under the Text to Speech tab of Dictation & Speech.  

If your keyboard shortcut of Option+Esc is not working, check that it is enabled on this screen.

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