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NHS Direct launch talking web pages

2nd July 2007

NHS Direct has made software available to allow people to hear parts of its website read aloud to them.


Using the services of Browsealoud.com - a company specialising in oral adaptation of web pages for people who find reading online difficult - NHS Direct has improved accessibility so users can download software in order to listen to the site. The software can be adapted to the users' needs.

A NHS Direct spokesperson told e-Health Insider: “NHS Direct websites users can now use this software to hover the mouse cursor over the text they want to hear and have it read out to them using this character recognition software."

A Browsealoud spokesperson told e-Health Insider that the company would make the NHS Direct site more accessible.

The spokesperson added that the 12m elderly, 7m with literacy issues and 1m people with learning difficulties in the UK could experience problems with the NHS Direct site. The new software means that "almost half the population" could get the most out of the site.

2m people visit the NHS Direct website every month. Users will also be able to "customise" the site with the particular colours and fonts of their choice.

A spokesperson for the Royal National Institute of Blind People praised NHS Direct's attitude to web accessibility.




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