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A Screen Reader is the commonly used name for Voice Output Technology used by individuals unable to read the standard text displayed on screen. Screen readers produce synthesized speech output for text displayed on the computer screen, as well as for keystrokes entered on the keyboard. Talking browsers, such as IBM's Home Page Reader, use the same technology as screen reading software, but the reading functions are limited to Internet use.

Points to ponder - Questions to consider when shopping for a screen reader or talking browser

  • Is it compatible with your computer's platform?
  • Which file formats can it read?
  • Can it output to a refreshable Braille display?
  • Can the size of the reading chunks be varied?
  • For talking browsers, does it allow telephone-based web access?


Screen Readers

Free OS Enhancements



  • VoiceOver from Apple
    • Will be integrated into OS X with the release of Mac OS X v 10.4 Tiger
  • Browsealoud from Texthelp - supports: Dutch, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian) and works with HTML/Alt Tags/Java/Flash/PDF
  • OutSpoken for Macintosh from ALVA Access Group Inc.
    • works with OS 9 and below.
    • ALVA discontinued supporting Outspoken for OS X and above