Following our PDF reading capability for ReadSpeaker proReader that we introduced on May 15, we are now very excited to announce the release of our new highly demanded “Embedded Highlighting” add-on for our ReadSpeaker Enterprise Expanding product. By simply clicking on the Listen button, the website user can see the synchronized highlighting of the text being read either on word by word and/or sentence basis. The user just needs to click on the settings link under the player to choose which highlighting option best suits his/her needs. When a visitors first land on a web page with the Expanding player, this is what they typically see:

Listen button before it has been clicked on

Listen button before it has been clicked on

Then, when the user clicks on the Listen button, the player appears and expands as follows:
Activated Listen button with expanded player

Activated Listen button with expanded player

By then clicking on the Settings link, four synchronized highlighting options are available to the user:

Settings choices for synchronized highlighting

Here for example is how the synchronized highlighting looks when the “Word and Sentence” option has been chosen:
Synchronized highlighting of the text by word and sentence

Synchronized highlighting of the text by word and sentence

Once the user has selected the synchronized highlighting of his/her choice, a cookie will enable the same setting when the user starts the ReadSpeaker Expaning Player service again. We see the following advantages for web site owners who wish to propose this add-on to their visitors:

  • Enhanced and better comprehension of the text being read out
  • Immediate and exact vision on which part of the web page is being read out
  • Choice of synchronized highlighting which best fits the user’s needs

And like with all our ReadSpeaker products, the user does not need to download and install special software to use our Expanding Player. In the case where the visitor uses a browser without support for Javascript and can’t play Flash content, we always make sure that the audio can be played so that the text can be read back. Try the Embedded highlighting add-on now on our web site for example on the ReadSpeaker Enterprise Expanding page by clicking on the Listen button at the top of the page. Remember to click on the Settings link under the player to choose the highlighting option you want to activate. We have gotten many requests from our different geographical markets and the various industries and services that we sell to regarding this add-on and have worked hard to make this happen. We are very enthusiastic on this new embedded highlighting feature and hope you enjoy it!