We’re pleased to share that as part of the Accessible Information Standard (AIS), we have added the Recite me web accessibility and language toolbar to our website to help make the content accessible and inclusive for as many people as possible. This is done by using innovative technology that makes our site more accessible via a unique range of features on all devices.
It helps the one in five people in the UK who have a disability, including those with common conditions like sight loss and dyslexia, to access the website in the way that suits them best.
It also meets the needs of the one in ten people in the UK who don’t speak English as their first language, by being able to translate our web content into over 100 different languages.
How to access the Recite me toolbar?
You can open the Recite me language and accessibility toolbar by clicking on the Accessibility icon (pictured below), which is at the top of each page of the website.
After clicking on the Accessibility icon, the Recite me toolbar opens and displays a range of different options for customising how the website looks and how the content is accessed.
How does Recite me help make our website more accessible?
Recite me helps people to access all of the content on our website and has a range of functions. The toolbar can be used to:
- Have the text on our website read aloud (including PDFs)
- Download the text as an MP3 file to play it where and when it is convenient
- Change font sizes and colours
- Customise background colour
- Translate text into more than 100 different languages
- Access a fully integrated dictionary and thesaurus
Please see here for a guide on how to access some of the features of Recite me.
If you have any questions about Recite Me, please contact the Patient Experience team by email
If you have an impairment or sensory loss and have specific communication needs please let our operator know.
Recite Me User Guide
Back: Rewind to the previous paragraph of text
Play: Click the play button to read the text aloud
Forward: Skip forward to the next paragraph of text
Decrease: This will decrease the text size
Font: You can change the font that displays on the page
Increase: This will increase the text size
Colour, Ruler, and Mask
Colour: Change the background, text, and link colours
Ruler: Click to enable the reading ruler
Screen Mask: Will create a letterbox for focused viewing of a section of the page
Dictionary, Translation, and Magnifier
Dictionary: Highlight and click on this to view the definition of the word
Translation: Translate text into a different language
Magnifier: Click and drag the magnifying glass to magnify text on the screen
Margins, Plain Text Mode, and Download Audio
Text Mode: Remove images to view content in plain text mode
Margins: Change the text dimensions by narrowing the width of the text column
Download Audio: Highlight the text then click the button to download the text as an audio file
Settings: Adjust your Recite Me toolbar settings
Reset: This will restore the default settings
User Guide: This will give you an overview of the Recite Me toolbar features
Frequently Asked Questions
▶ Do I need to download anything to enable Recite Me?
No. Recite Me is cloud-based software so there is no need to install anything on your computer.
▶ How do I launch the Recite Me Toolbar?
To Launch the Recite Me Web accessibility toolbar you will need to click on the ReciteMe button in the top left corner of the page. This will then launch the toolbar, which will appear at the top of the page.
▶ How Do I Disable the Auto Read?
To disable the auto read you need to click on the button marked “Settings”. This will give you a list of 3 functions to choose from. You need to click on the bottom to the Right of the option marked “Autoplay” This will then disable auto-read.
▶ Does Recite Me work across different operating systems and mobile devices?
Yes. Our software works on multiple devices and operating systems including Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, and Windows devices.
▶ Can I save my Settings?
▶ How do I change the Language?
To change the language of the website that you are viewing you need to select the button marked “Languages”. This will then produce a drop-down list of all the languages that Recite offers. Find the language that you want from the list and press on it, the site will then be converted to that language.
▶ How do I create an MP3?
To create an MP3, first, turn off the Autoplay option located within the settings button. Highlight the section of Text that you wish to create into an MP3. Once highlighted select the Download Audio button from the toolbar. You will then see a message telling you that your file is being created. Once created you will see the file appear ready at the bottom of the web page. You can now either listen to the file created or save it to a location of your choice.
▶ How do I Turn Recite Me Off?
To Close the Recite toolbar simply click on the icon marked “Close” to the right of the Toolbar.