ReachDeck is a digital inclusion toolbar (from Texthelp). It used to be called Browsealoud.
ReachDeck provides speech, reading and translation support tools which can help make information on websites easier and more accessible for people.
To launch ReachDeck click on the dark orange box at the top left hand side of the page:
You will see a dark toolbar appear along the top of the page.
Example of this is shown here:
There are several icons (images) on the toolbar. Each button does something different. If you click on the ? icon on the toolbar it will bring up a list of what each icon on the toolbar doe
If you would like to know a bit more about what each icon (image) on the toolbar does, please see below.
ReachDeck reads text on a webpage out loud. There are 2 options, ‘Hover to Speak’ (the first icon) and ‘Speak the Current Selection’ (the second icon).
Click on Hover to Speak then click at the beginning of text you want read aloud. The square button stops the speaking.
If you prefer, you can press the second button then highlight the writing on the page that you want read aloud.
ReachDeck can translate website pages into 99 languages and can speak aloud in 40 languages, in a high quality, natural sounding native voice.
Try it out for yourself…Click on the orange ‘speak’ button that you can see at the top of the website page. This will launch the ReachDeck toolbar along the top of the page- which if you click on the icon in the toolbar, it will allow you to select a language and will convert all the website into that language. If you want it to read that language out loud press the icon.
This icon, will display pictures related to text that is selected on the page.
ReachDeck converts any text that you select from a web page, into an audio file that you can then listen to at a later date at home, or on the move.
This feature allows you to apply a colour filter to your screen. A semi-opaque mask extends across the screen, leaving a letterbox reading window clear – this allows you to focus on a few lines at a time.
With ReachDeck you have the option to magnify the text (make it bigger) as it’s being read aloud. You can personalise the font, size and colour to suit your needs by going to the settings icon (last icon on the toolbar).
This feature removes the clutter and distractions, such as pictures and adverts, allowing you to focus on the text you want to read.
By clicking on the settings icon, it will take you to a settings menu. There you can personalise the features to suit your own needs. You can personalise the following:
This video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9uxDRpISUI&t=4s introduces the toolbar, what each icon does and how to use it.