Read Speaker

The Malta Tourism Authority has developed the VisitMalta portal to serve the largest possible audience by addressing the needs of people and systems with differing abilities. All effort has been made to ensure that this portal conforms to the accessibility requirements and recommendations of the Governance Website Standards Version 3.0 and to ensure that the website caters for individuals with specific disabilities.

Screen Reader Users: When using the Read Speaker addon, screen reader users using Window-Eyes V7.2 and above, should switch Browse Mode Off (CTRL SHIFT A) in order to be able to make effective use of the audio player buttons.

How to use the Listen function ReadSpeaker

ReadSpeaker allows the text on the website to be read out loud to you. It provides you assistance if you have trouble reading text online. By having the text read out loud to you, you can understand the information on the website more easily. This makes the website more accessible and more pleasant to visit. As a user you don't have to download anything.

How does it work?

Listen to the main content

You simply click the listen button to listen to the web page's content:

Listen Button
A control panel will appear (see image below) and ReadSpeaker automatically starts reading the text of the web page out loud.

Control Panel
In the control panel you can:
• Adjust the volume
• Pause the reading
• Stop the reading
• Restart the reading
• Choose "No sound?" if your browser does not support flash
• Choose "Settings" if you want to customize the behaviour of the service

Listen to selected text

You can select a part of the text that you want to listen to and then press the pop-up listen button which appears next to the mouse pointer. When you click the pop-up listen button, a smaller control panel will appear (see the image below) and ReadSpeaker will automatically start reading the text you have selected.

Control Panel
In this control panel you can:
• Pause the reading
• Stop the reading
• Restart the reading
• Customize the behaviour of the service by clicking on the wrench icon


In the settings menu you can:
• Choose whether you want to have the text highlighted word by word and/or sentence by sentence, or turn off the highlighting
• Choose whether you want the pop up listen button to be shown when text is selected
• Choose whether you want the reading speed to be slow, medium or fast


If you click on the flash player it will be in focus so that you can control it with the keyboard:
• Play/pause: Space bar
• Stop: Esc key
• Increase volume: Up arrow or the key of the numeric keypad
• Lower Volume: Down arrow or the - key of the numeric keypad
• Fast forward: Right arrow
• Rewind: Left arrow

For more information please visit ReadSpeaker's text to speech online site.