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Let your visitors convert site text to speech

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This task is for users with the following roles: OC Site Manager and OC System Administrator.

In Site Management, you have the option of configuring ReadSpeaker's text-to-speech product webReader HL (up to version 2.5), which allows your content to be read aloud to members of your community with limited vision or other accessibility issues.

With webReader HL installed and configured, residents can select the "listen" icon in the top right of the content pages to access the reader.

ReadSpeaker's webReader is a third-party product; you'll need to contact ReadSpeaker support to purchase and configure webReader, as they have their own licensing fees. For ReadSpeaker-related support, reach out to the ReadSpeaker support team with your query.


In the example above, a resident is accessing the web reader widget with a mouse cursor, but they can also navigate to it with the tab key.

Set up webReader

Once you have contacted ReadSpeaker and configured webReader, you'll receive a Customer ID to enter into OpenCities. 

Once you have a ReadSpeaker Customer ID:

  1. Go to More > Site Management > your site > Settings.
  2. Select ReadSpeaker.
  3. Enter your Customer ID.
  4. Select your preferred Language, Product, and Widget alignment from the drop-down menus.
  5. Select Save Settings and Save.

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