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What is accessibility?

Web accessibility means adapting the digital environment for all to view, navigate, and interact effectively with its content. The term Accessibility also refers to the recommendations of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which standardises the creation and interpretation of online content and facilitate users' access to sites, whether they do or do not have some sort of disability. Through a series of adaptations, ranging from font size to resources used on the page, the websites are being prepared to meet the needs of its users.

Accessibility features of the Paralympics New Zealand website

The Paralympics New Zealand website was developed with features designed to facilitate access for people with disabilities and reduced mobility. Flash contents are not used due to certain characteristics that make it impossible for the visually impaired to access part of their content.

All images are followed by a description, ensuring full understanding of what is portrayed.

Users can use the magnifying tool from their own browser to increase and decrease font size:

  • Press Ctrl + to increase font size;

  • Press Ctrl - to decrease font size;

  • Press Ctrl 0 to return font to its original size.

Users can also click on the contrast button (next to the disability symbol), to change the site from a black background to a white one.

How to use the ReadSpeaker Listen function

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 content more accessible and the website 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 webpage's content:
Screenshot of listen button

An audio player appears (see image below) and ReadSpeaker starts reading the text of the webpage out loud.
Screenshot of the control panel

In the player you can:

  • Pause/restart the reading
  • Stop the reading
  • Use the progress bar to navigate in the audio
  • Adjust the volume
  • Click the settings icon to adjust the behavior of the service
  • Click the download icon to download the audio file
  • Close the player

You can use tab/shift+tab to navigate inside the player and press enter to activate a certain button or link.

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 that appears next to the mouse pointer. When you click the pop-up Listen button, an audio player appears (see the image below) and ReadSpeaker starts reading the text you have selected.
Screenshot of pop-up player


In the settings menu, you can:

  • Choose whether you want to have the text highlighted while read
  • Choose whether you want the text highlighted on a word and sentence basis, sentence only, or word only
  • Choose style and colors for the highlighting
  • Choose whether to display the current sentence at the bottom of the page, with a larger font size and simultaneous text highlighting
  • Choose whether you want the reading speed to be slow, medium, or fast
  • Choose whether you want the page to scroll automatically to follow the highlighted text
  • Choose whether you want the pop-up Listen button to be shown when text is selected
  • Restore all settings to original defaults

You can also listen to the settings by clicking the Listen button at the top right ​​of the Settings menu.

Screenshot of the settings page

Please visit ReadSpeaker's website for more information about online text to speech.

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