The mission of the Office of the Attorney General is to provide the highest standard of professional legal services to Government, Departments and Offices. It is therefore fundamental to the provision of such services that there are no barriers to access information.
Browsealoud, the assistive technology solution from Texthelp Systems, was chosen to improve website accessibility.
Browsealoud reads website content aloud and highlights each word as it is spoken. This combination greatly improves comprehension for those with literacy difficulties, such as dyslexia, and those with mild visual impairments who find reading text online difficult.
Gerry Matthews, Assistant Principal comments "The Office of the Attorney General, conscious of the need to deliver web site content to everyone, saw the functionality of the Browsealoud software as a positive development in the area of accessibility and usability. The increasing amount of information contained on websites and PDF documents meant that it was of paramount importance that the product was capable of delivering this information in audio format."
Web users can download the assistive software quickly and easily by following hyperlinks on any Browsealoud-enabled website. The tool is free for web visitors to use, with the cost covered by the Office of the Attorney General, and will speak web content aloud on any website which subscribes to the service. Browsealoud will read whole pages of text continuously, accessible HTML, PDF documents, hyperlinks and tags behind images.
Browsealoud already works with major clients across Ireland and the UK. These include Permanent TSB, An Post, Dublin City Council, Cavan County Council, Fingal County Council, Galway City Council, Office of the Houses of Oireachtas, ESB and many more.