Using Apple OSX VoiceOver for Text-to-Speech
The Apple OSX VoiceOver system can be used with CourseSmart to provide text-to-speech capabilities. Users with experience using VoiceOver on iOS devices can also use it on the iPad and iPhone using the Safari browser. Using VoiceOver requires the use of many unique key combinations to navigate the website and the book. CourseSmart cannot support users in the use of the Apple products. For additional information on using the VoiceOver system, see:
- Using the VoiceOver system on OSX or iOS requires the Accessible Reader. If you use VoiceOver to access your screen, you can turn on the accessible reader features when you open your book in the CourseSmart reader. See Setting Up the Accessible Reader section.
- Use the VoiceOver keys (Control + Option) to select VoiceOver commands.
Setting Up the Accessible Reader
- If you are able to read the screen and only wish to use VoiceOver to read the book out loud, navigate to the book text you want to read and select “Read Now” before turning VoiceOver on. Turn VoiceOver on by pressing Command-F5.
- If you use VoiceOver to navigate the website, go to Selecting Book to Read first. Setting up the Accessible Reader is done within the book reader. The Selecting Book to Read section will get you into the reader to turn on the accessibility features.
- You should hear an announcement of the book title followed by “HTML Content has Keyboard Focus”
- Press VoiceOver+Shift+DownArrow to interact with the HTML content
- The first thing you will hear is: “Select this Link if you would Like to Enable Accessibility Features”.
- Press VoiceOver+RightArrow. You will hear: “Yes, enable accessibility features Link”
- Press the spacebar to select the link
- VoiceOver will read: “Accessibility Enabled”
- Accessibility will remain enabled for all books in your account until you contact Customer Support to ask them to turn off the accessibility option
- Note that with Accessibility Enabled, you will experience the HTML reader instead of the Flash-based reader. The HTML reader may not be as sharp as the Flash-based reader and it does not support continuous page view.
- Go to the section Reading the Selected Book.
Selecting Book to Read
- From the home page, go to Heading “My Bookshelf”
- Select My Bookshelf Link
- On My Bookshelf page, view headings using the Web Rotor
- Select My Rentals Heading
- Go forward with VoiceOver+right arrow past Show filter and Sort by selector
- Your books are listed after the Sort by selector
- There will be a book cover image, followed by date added and used, then a link for the book title
- Select the book title link for the book you want to read
- Go to Rental Detail heading
- Cursor forward through the two tabs “Product Information” and “My Notes”
- “Product Information” is the default tab and contains the Read Now button, so you do not need to select that link. You can select the My Notes tab link if you want to view the notes for the book
- Cursor through to Read Now button and select to open the reader
- Navigate to the HTML content in the reader
- If you have not already turned on the Accessible Read, go to the section Setting Up the Accessible Reader
Reading the Selected Book
- Select VoiceOver + U to bring up the Web Rotor
- Once the Web Rotor has fully populated, you will see two headers or more. Navigate to the header called “Book Text” using VoiceOver + DownArrow
- Use the space bar to select Book Text
- Use VoiceOver + RightArrow to start reading the text.
- Note: If your book has not been tagged, you will not have control of movement within the text (such as line, character or word). VoiceOver will only read the text as one continuous block.
Navigating the Reader and the Book
The reader can be viewed in full-page view, or the left-side of the page can be used to display the table of contents or the outline pane. When you enter the reader, the Table of Contents will be closed. You can jump directly to the desired page by using the Web Rotor and selecting the Go To form control. Alternatively, you can cursor forward to the Go To dialog box. Insert a page number, cursor forward to the button link and select the button.
Each book page has a Heading 1 called “Book Text”. The text of the book immediately follows the Book Text heading. If your book has advanced tagging, book headings will also be displayed. Book headings will be at levels 2 through 6 following the Book Text.
If you select the Table of Contents Link, the Table of Contents will open. The Table of Contents will consist of a list of chapters and sections that follow a Heading Level 2 preceding the “Book Text” Heading Level 1. Each entry in the table of contents list is displayed as Page Number followed by Section Name followed by Link. Selecting this link will open the book at this page number. The Table of Contents will remain open on the page even after you use a table of contents link to go to a new page. The Table of Contents remains present on the page until you close it using the close link immediately following the Table of Contents Level Two heading.