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Provide pronunciation help on-demand

This feature involves a text-to-speech engine that reads the text on a web page aloud. This may be implemented in a number of different ways – as a built-in text-to-speech reader in the operating system, as downloadable screen reader software that operates on the user’s machine, or as a remote text-to-speech service that receives text online and returns a spoken copy as an audio file.

The way that text is read may vary depending on the implementation and the user group. This approach provides pronunciation help on-demand. This is similar to the feature that reads text when highlighted, but speaks slower or uses human voices to focus on pronunciation of difficult words.

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Cognitive, Language, Learning Disabilities & Low Literacy

This on-demand pronunciation tool can help people with cognitive, language, and learning disabilities to learn the proper pronunciation of unfamiliar or difficult words.

Existing Products

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Many operating systems, including Windows Vista and Mac OS X, include limited built-in screen reading ability that can be used for pronunciation.

Online Pronunciation dictionaries

Please note that these products are not necessarily endorsed by RtF, but represent the range of available options. A few examples of dictionaries with pronunciation aids:

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