Point-and-Read® Talking Browser

You are welcome to read about the Talking Browser before you install it.  But you must install the software to have the Talking Browser read web pages to you.


What is the Talking Browser?

A Talking Browser, or screen reader, will read web pages using computer synthesized speech.  The Talking Brower made by Point-and-Read, Inc. has special "switch-based" features to make it easy to use.

What makes the switch-based features of the Talking Browser so easy to use?

There are only five actions to remember. They are "read the next item", "re-read the current item", "read the previous item", "activate the current item", and "switch lists”. Sometimes we will use the phrase “switch modes” instead of “switch lists”. If preferences are set to announce actions, the five actions will be called “change mode”, “backward”, “repeat”, “forward”, and “activate”.

There are only five “lists” to work with. The five lists are “read”, “link”, “navigate”, “frame”, and “cell”, but most of the time you will only use three of them.

The “read” list is most important. It includes all sentences, pictures, hyper links and other objects in a page.

The “link” list contains only the hyperlinks and image links on a page. If there are no links on a page, this list is empty.

The “navigation” list contains all the navigation commands that control the browser. These are grouped for easy access. To learn how to use the "activate" action to move between these groupings, see "The Five Actions" in the help files.

The “frame” list lets you move between parts of a page that are called frames. The help files use frames. But most pages do not. If there are no frames on a page, this list is empty and will not be shown or announced.

The “cell” list lets you move between parts of a page that are called cells. Many pages do not use cells. If there are no cells on a page, this list is empty and will not be shown or announced. You can hide this list if you do not find it useful.

You can use five keys to do everything. You can use the computer keyboard or five programmable switches. You can work the computer keys with five fingers on either one or two hands. Here is one way to set up a computer keyboard for your left hand.

Little finger on the Tab key is “change mode”.
Ring finger on the Number 2 key is “backward”.
Middle finger on the Number 3 key is “re-read”.
Pointer finger on the Number 4 key is “forward”.
Thumb on the Space bar is “activate”.

This is how the keys are assigned when you install the Talking Browser with switch-based features. However, you can choose and change key assignments on the View>Preference pages. If you cannot operate five keys or five switches, there are other options.

You can use just two keys to do everything. You can use the computer keyboard, or two programmable switches. When you press on the first key the computer will focus on the next one of the five actions. You do this over and over until the computer focuses on the action you want to choose. Then you press the second key to trigger that action. You can trigger this same action again by pressing on the second button again. This may take some practice, but it allows the Talking Browser to be controlled by just two keys or switches.

You can even use just one key or switch to do everything. With this feature, the computer will automatically scan through the five actions, announcing an action and then pausing there, then moving to the next action. During the pause, you can trigger that action by pressing on the one key or switch.

Both visible and audible cues help you remember the actions and lists. Many of these can be turned off for those who don’t need them.

Where do I find out more about the Talking Browser?

You can click here for more answers to Frequently Asked Questions.  You can also find more information at the Talking Browser Website, or consult the Talking Browser readme file.

How do I install the Talking Browser?

Install the Point-and-Read® Talking Browser now.


Webmasters, if you have a site you'd like the Talking Browser to work with, click here for more information.




Protected by US Patent US 7,194,411 B2, and UK Patent GB 2412049, with other patents pending.
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