Recite Me web accessibility and language toolbar
We have added the Recite Me web accessibility and language toolbar to our website to make it accessible and inclusive for as many people as possible.
How do I access the Recite Me toolbar?
You can open the Recite Me language and accessibility toolbar by clicking on the Recite Me button. This button, which looks like the image shown below, now appears on the the grey toolbar on the top of every page of our website.
After you click on the button the Recite Me toolbar opens and displays a range of different options for customising how the website looks and how you can access the content. You can close the tool bar by clicking on it at anytime.
How does Recite Me help me access this website?
The Recite Me toolbar has a unique range of functions. You can use it to:
- Have the text on our website read aloud (including PDFs)
- Download the text as an MP3 file to play it where and when it suits you
- Change font sizes and colours
- Customise background colour
- Translate text into more than 100 different languages, including including 35 text to speech voices.
- Access a fully integrated dictionary and thesaurus*
* We recommend that the dictionary function is used alongside the Jargon Buster on this website (opens a new window)
The screen reader helps people who are visually impaired or neuro-divergent to perceive and understand our website content.
Key features include:
- All content read aloud in a natural voice
- 35 different language options
- Speed controls and word-by-word highlighting for total customisation
- The Recite Me toolbar allows you to highlight any text and create an MP3 file, which downloads automatically to your computer. Audio is created in a natural-sounding conversational style.
The website is customisable to a way that works for you. Recite Me supports people who are dyslexic, visually impaired or have a learning disability to change the way our website looks, so you can experience it the way it is intended.
Key features include:
- Text size and colour
- Website background colour
- Text font type, including Open-Dyslexic
- Text only option, where all styling is stripped away. This leaves text only for your viewing, much like a document
Reading content online can be a challenge for some people. To simplify and support you to read our content, Recite Me provides four tools.
- Ruler - to read line by line with no distractions of what is below
- Reading mask - to mask away 90% of our website, leaving only the information you want to concentrate on
- Magnifier - to zoom in to sections of the text making reading more clearly easier
- Margins - when in text only mode, you can use the margin feature to position content in the best place for you
You can find out more about how Recite Me works from the Recite Me user guide (opens a new window).
By using Recite Me, you can quickly and easily translate all our website content into over 100 languages, including 35 text to speech voices. As more community languages, such as Korean or Tamil, become available they will be added to the Recite Me toolbar.
Here is a video which demonstrates how the translation tool works.