Microsoft Edge Browser

To have webpages read aloud to yourself, right click on any page, left click on "Read aloud," then use carets and "Voice options" in 3rd toolbar from top of page:


Functionalities vis-à-vis Totally Literate

  • Edge provides a seamless audiovisual interface, allowing users to go from one page to another while both seeing and hearing text in 14 languages including English.

  • When a foreign speaker of one of these most widely spoken languages visits our website, she can have the entire website translated by a click of the mouse. From the drop-down menu of national flags, the foreign speaker should click on the flag of her choice. As she does so, the text will change to her native tongue. Then, not only will she be able to read the text, but also hear it read aloud by a native TTS voice. In fact, often she will be given a choice of two or more voices to pick from. Additionally, depending on the language, she might have another choice, of a dialect or two, like Mainland or Taiwanese Chinese.

  • To activate the read-out-loud function, the user merely right clicks on any page. The voice controls will then appear on a new toolbar. This new toolbar will be the 3rd. one from the top. The only voice controls one needs to be concerned with initially are just the three carets in the center. They allow the user to go forward, backward, or pause.

  • If a foreigner who speaks a less common language visits Totally Literate, he's not plumb out of luck! That’s because there are 55 other languages to choose from. Although speakers of these less widely used languages will be able to read the text, they won't necessarily be able to have it read aloud to them, certainly not by a TTS native speaker. Instead, the text, if possible to any degree, will be read by the voice he was last using. If these two languages share some commonalities, he will likely be able to hear the translation in full. To clarify, Danish can be read in full by a TTS English voice; but Punjabi, scarcely at all by the same.

  • To translate our website or any page of it into one of these 55 less common languages, the user should right click on one of the pages. Then, from the drop-down menu, he should click on “Translate to (whichever language appears in the menu).” After doing so another toolbar will appear. It’ll be the second one from the top. On it a blue icon can be seen. The user merely clicks on it, then chooses whichever language he desires the text to be translated into.

  • Before the user leaves one page and goes to another, it is necessary to stop the aural transmission. To do so, one clicks on the middle caret of the aforementioned controls. If he fails to do so, the TTS speaker will continue to read the page he had just left.


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