The convergence of mainstream technology and what we have typically referred to as assistive or adaptive technology is gaining momentum rapidly. Voice recognition is one obvious example. Voice-to-text and voice commands are mainstream to the point of becoming almost ubiquitous. It is much the same with text-to-speech. Today, I want to draw attention to yet another option for reading online content aloud that is readily available to everyone.
Select and Speak is a free extension for Google Chrome that provides high quality text to speech for any selected online text. Once installed, and text has been selected, there are three ways of having the text read aloud. You can click on an icon in the extensions toolbar, or right-click and use the context menu. Alternatively, you can use a customizable keyboard shortcut. This shortcut is ctrl + shift + s by default.
Select and Speak is available for multiple languages in high quality male and female voices. For English, there are options for Australian, Canadian, US, and UK accents.