Simplifying Web Pages for Screen Reading


Milton Charlton
 

Simplifying Web Pages for Screen Reading

I have just begun to try NVDA so all this might be off base or it might be useful.

Many web pages include advertisements and lots of information besides that we want to hear.  Here are some ways to simplify web pages:

1.   1.   Go to  Outline.com to simplify the page.  Copy, type or dictate the URL of the page you wish to read into the box in the Outline.com page.  You may also install Outliner as an extension in Microsoft EDGE.  The extension makes a white square icon to the right of the URL space of a page. When the cursor is over this icon, NVDA announces “Outliner want access to this site”.  If you click on the icon, the page becomes simplified. Pages simplified either way may be much easier to read with NVDA.  The Chrome browser Web Store has an extension called Reader View Plus that seems to do the same thing.  If you “pin” Reader View Plus it puts an icon to the right of the URL space.

2.  2.    In Microsoft EDGE(Chromium), many web pages show an icon immediately after the URL which is called “Immersive Reader”.  When the cursor is placed on that icon NVDA announces “Enter immersive Reader F9”.  When you hit F9 or click on the Immersive Reader icon, then select the Edge command  “Read Aloud” (CTRL + SHIFT + U), the web page gets simplified and read out. It is very fast. I don’t know why some pages get Immersive Reader and others don’t. When Read Aloud is active, a new bar appears under the URL and at the right end is a menu that allows choice of speed and voice.

3.   3.   In Microsoft EDGE(Chromium), the Read Aloud function (Ctrl + Shift + U ) reads out web pages with or without being simplified.

4.     4. These simplification tricks do not seem useful for pages that are compilations of other pages such as  CNN.COM/NEWS, CBC.CA/NEWS, BBC.COM/NEWS.

 

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