All New browsealoud from Texthelp – Improving Digital Access for All

Leading digital inclusion software browsealoud, from assistive technology experts Texthelp, today unveils a smart new, more user-friendly look with enhanced functionality. The all new browsealoud makes websites more accessible to all and empowers digital users to browse websites independently.

Browsealoud, offering read aloud content and translation to web-users with print and language difficulties, sets the standard in digital accessibility globally. The new designs and enhancements, developed in association with expert accessibility professionals, browsealoud customers and users, and subjected to rigorous testing, make browsealoud even easier to use and improve the user’s experience.

What’s new for web-visitors using browsealoud:

  • browsealoud is now easier than ever to find on customer’s websites
  • the launchpad and toolbar have been redesigned in keeping with WCAG guidelines, ensuring they comply with the highest accessibility standards.
  • browsealoud now has a new mobile-optimized launchpad and toolbar as well
  • we’ve added a ‘help’ feature to the toolbar, for users needing assistance.
  • users can now fine tune settings (voice, pace of speech, magnification etc) to suit their individual preferences and save the settings for all future use.

What’s new for our customers who have browsealoud on their websites:

  • you now have a choice of colors for the launchpad and toolbar, allowing you to tailor browsealoud to suit your branding.
  • we’ve added more integration options meaning you have more flexibility when adding browsealoud to your website.
  • an easy-to-use integration wizard is now available, meaning we take care of the technical stuff so you don’t have to.

Texthelp CEO Mark McCusker, said: “Rapid advancements in technology, coupled with services increasingly being driven online, has resulted in changing user needs, so we put browsealoud under the microscope to find ways to better serve their needs. Our users are at the heart of everything we do and the new browsealoud offers them even greater accessibility to online content than ever before.”

International accessibility experts Funka were consulted during the development of the new Browsealoud. Susanna Laurin, Funka CEO, said: “Browsealoud helps organizations communicate with far wider audiences by making their website’s accessible, regardless of reading ability, language or impairment. The product developments announced today make the browsealoud experience an even better one, opening up the digital world to yet more individuals. In Scandinavia, browsealoud has been a game changer for persons with reading and writing difficulties since 2008, and I am sure the new design will increase the usage even more.”

Customers with the browsealoud panel integrated into their website will automatically see a new look launchpad and toolbar. Customers with a customized launchpad (using an image or text to launch the toolbar) will see a new look toolbar only. All customers, from 7 September can access the new customer portal and use the integration wizard to upgrade to the latest version at no extra cost.

This video provides a step-by-step guide to the new look. Visit www.browsealoud.com

About Texthelp™

Texthelp believes that everyone shares a fundamental need to be understood by others, and language is our passport to academic, social and professional success. This is what drives Texthelp to create smart, easy-to-use support technologies that enable young people and adults to read and write with confidence and independence and to benefit from the English language.

Texthelp works with leading technology companies including Google and Microsoft, and works closely together with many of the world’s major educational publishers to provide literacy support solutions to classrooms worldwide.

Texthelp’s world leading assistive and language learning software is used daily by students and educators in schools, colleges and universities worldwide. Our corporate software tools continue to be used by blue-chip companies, as well as large and small scale public departments and government organizations globally.  

Texthelp has been recognized in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for 14 consecutive years.  

© Texthelp Ltd 2015

www.texthelp.com

Contacts: Texthelp
Louise McVicker, Tel: 0044 28 9442 8105
l.mcvicker@texthelp.com

 

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