Bus Éireann has introduced a new feature on its website – www.buseireann.ie to make it easier for people who have difficulty reading on-line to access its content.
Visitors to www.buseireann.ie can now download via the site the BrowseAloud tool, which converts the text of the website into speech. When users of BrowseAloud click on text on the site those words are spoken back to them in a high quality, human-sounding voice making the website more accessible to those with learning difficulties, dyslexia, mild visual impairments or where English is a second language.
There is no cost to the user in downloading and using BrowseAloud, and downloading only takes a few minutes.
Other key features of BrowseAloud include a Talking Dictionary, the Text Magnification Display; allowing users to increase the text size to suit their individual preference, and MP3 Output, which allows users to convert text into sound files and listen on the move.
BrowseAloud can be used across all areas of Buseireann.ie including its journey planner, real-time information system, and on-line booking features.
“Bus Éireann is always looking at ways to improve accessibility to its services and with our site being one of the ten most popular Irish sites on the Web it is important that this also extends to our on-line presence. We believe that the BrowseAloud solution ensures that our website can now be accessed by the whole community in an easy and quick way,” said Andrew McLindon, Media and PR Manager, Bus Éireann.
BrowseAloud, which was developed by Texthelp Systems, will also read accessible HTML, PDF documents, hyperlinks and tags behind images. Over 3,000 websites use the BrowseAloud technology.
BrowseAloud is completely free to the end user with all costs covered by Bus Éireann.
For further information on BrowseAloud contact Paul on email@example.com, tel: +44 (0) 28 9442 8105.
For further information, please contact: Andrew McLindon, Bus Éireann, tel: 00353 1 703 1759/087 288 9601