At heise online we always look at useful features to deliver our online content. The web based service proposed by ReadSpeaker which converts our text into speech on the fly is a good example of how we can extend our reach. With just one click, all our users can listen to our text without the need for any download. They can also save the audio for reading at another moment as well as on another device. Implementing ReadSpeaker into our web site took us a couple of hours only and thereafter the service dynamically generates the spoken version of our articles.
Frank Klinkenberg, Leiter Business Development Online
http://www.heise.de/
MyCow is an English-language web magazine, featuring news, current events, global issues and international perspectives with an original approach. Written by a team of journalists from around the world and updated on a daily basis, all the articles are available in an audio format and are accompanied by a range of tools to facilitate comprehension. Interactive features are also part of the site such as exercises, tests and reader comments. An enjoyable way to practice language skills.
Listening to a foreign language is a must-have component of the learning process. With our rapidly changing content, we were looking for an automated and qualitative solution to convert text into audio so that our users could improve their English skills by listening at all suitable times for them. MyCow is very pleased with the level of usage of ReadSpeaker by our students. We get thousands of clicks on the ReadSpeaker listen function per week and the feedback received from our users is that the online text to speech service really helps them improve their comprehension of the English language. The click and listen (no downloads required) behaviour of the ReadSpeaker listen button also explains the high number of clicks that are experienced. The on the fly conversion of text into speech helps MyCow students measure at all times how well they understand English words and sentences. This is a very practical feature which they can access continuously to monitor their progress. In terms of integrating ReadSpeaker, the process has proven to be very quick and efficient. It consists in a simple tagging of our site with the HTML snippet provided by ReadSpeaker. One very useful feature is that we have our own dictionary which can be modified when an occasional word is not well pronounced. In the e-learning space, that is a service that can be very useful to enrich the quality of the written content we want our users to listen to.
Eric Brandt, Founder
http://www.mycow.eu/
The General Council of the Val-de-Marne decided to include ReadSpeaker when it re-worked its website so as to provide a better access to its text content. Thanks to ReadSpeaker, we propose an excellent audio version of our Internet site. The text is converted on the fly into a near-to-human text-to-speech voice which enables us to change our text content at any time and provide the audio equivalent in real-time to all that have problems with reading such as people with visual impairments, dyslexia, foreigners, certain Seniors as well as all those that prefer to listen than to read. The implementation of ReadSpeaker as a software as a service (SaaS) was very quick and flexible and didn’t require any re-development of our website.
Sylvie Roussel, Director of the DITAE (Online Innovation Department)
http://www.valdemarne.fr/
ReadSpeaker was implemented by AbilityOne, the largest source of employment for blind and disabled individuals.
The implementation went smoothly and helps us continue to demonstrate our commitment to accessibility.
Paula Scanlon, Director, Marketing
http://abilityone.org/
Nestlé have implemented ReadSpeaker Enterprise in their "Creating Shared Value" and "Nutrition, Health and Wellness" sections on www.nestle.com. There is a "Download as mp3" link under the player for non Flash capable devices to ensure accessibility as well as being able to listen to the Nestlé articles on mobile devices.
At Nestlé we are constantly seeking on ways to support our corporate social responsibility strategy, which we refer to as 'Creating Shared Value'. This also includes online developments which increasingly impact how we reach out to our different constituencies. In this context, we have included on certain parts of our nestle.com website the leading speech-enabling solution ReadSpeaker provided by ReadSpeaker. With ReadSpeaker we give all our Internet visitors including those that have reading difficulties the ability to listen to our text content using state-of-the-art synthetic voices. All our website users can do this without having to download any software or specific plug-in, they simply need to click on the play button on top of an article to start listening to the page. By adding the ReadSpeaker listen function to the nestle.com website we help users get free audio access to our content and making it as easy to do so as printing or emailing a web page. We are both proud and enthusiastic about this new channel we are providing to our customers.
Peter Warne, Senior Corporate Internet Manager
http://www.nestle.com
Since 1987 TIER Support Services has provided Person Centered Programs for both community and employment support. TIER stands for Teaching, Independence, Employment and Responsibility. Their clients are youths and adults with developmental disabilities. All programs are designed to help the client obtain greater independence in the community.
We wanted to improve the accessibility of the information of our services to our clients and found ReadSpeaker via a search on the Internet. The ReadSpeaker solution supports what we stand for: obtain greater independence for the people we serve. The contact with Readspeaker has been great right from the start. They made us feel valued and supported. We like the solution that you just click and it immediately starts reading the text out loud. We have gotten great feedback on the service and the voice, such as: “sounds like my favorite uncle”, “ easy to listen to and understand”, “I feel better about myself because I do not need help to figure out all the words”. We can only look forward to Readspeaker being part of every website and reading material around the World!
George Arambasich, Agency Director
http://www.tier.ca/
The ReadSpeaker Listen Button offers us a very user friendly option to make our website more accessible for one of our important target groups, people with visual impairment and/or low literacy. By speech enabling our site we offer even more service to this group. ReadSpeaker gives us a very innovative, user friendly and flexible implementation of this service.
Piet Middelkoop, Internet Consultant
http://www.ns.nl/
We work hard to make the site accessible to a wide audience and for all users and technologies. Implementing the ‘listen’ function is an innovative way of extending the service, enabling users to have the page read aloud to them.
Ben Foster, Operations Director
http://www.patient.co.uk/
ReadSpeaker is truly an enhancement that’s subtle but impactful. Many visitors to the City of Atlanta website found this tool to be a transformational and liberating product. It is always our goal to continuously strive to meet and exceed our citizens’ needs in using innovation to deliver exceptional customer service.
Michael Dogan, Interim Chief Information Officer
http://www.atlantaga.gov/
ReadSpeaker works seamlessly in converting our text content into high quality audio. It fits nicely into the Universal Design for Learning principles and appeals to all students with various needs.
Vinny Forese, CEO
https://www.link-systems.com/