Need an easy, all-in-one solution for UK English text to speech? Try ResponsiveVoice! Create a future-proof website with NO flash or plugins, NO per words costs, UNLIMITED text to speech!
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UK English text to speech needs good technology to work well, but that technology is difficult to come by, and it’s always a pain to implement. ResponsiveVoice gets you an all-in-one, affordable and pain-free solution to integrate text to speech with a UK English accent, one that only weighs 14kB and solves the myriad problems speech synthesis entails, which include (but unfortunately are not limited to) per-character costs, having to initialise the speech engine after page load, timing delays between API calls, speech rate problems, it’s a mess we chose to tidy up so you don’t have to!
UK English text to speech with ResponsiveVoice
ResponsiveVoice UK English text to speech (both male and female) is supported natively in Chrome desktop, Safari, and iOS. Chrome on Android does support UK English Male in the operating system, but it is not accessible to the browser, so ResponsiveVoice falls back to UK English Female as the best case available. The UK English Female voice is also used in browsers that do not natively support both versions, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera.
We provide both male and female versions of the main voice (“UK English Male” and “UK English Female”), which are supported in Chrome for desktop, OSX Safari, and iOS Chrome and Safari. Rating: 10/10
The fallback voice is female, and is used in the Android default browser, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera. Rating: 10/10
The two female voices sound very similar, so that users can have a consistent experience on platforms that are officially supported, but also on those that are not.
Accessibility guidelines are here to stay, to create websites and apps that are better for everyone. Each state has its own set of guidelines (in the United Kingdom, for instance, they were established with the Equality Act of 2010, and Web Accessibility standards were defined through BS 8878:2010, the Web Accessibility Code of Practice), but for online content next to no state has worked out the details. Most legislature refers to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 – and in particular their AA level – as the sensible set of guidelines to follow, until official legislation covers all content published on the web. ResponsiveVoice can help make your website WCAG 2.0 compliant, especially for people who are print disabled, and those who suffer from a variety of impediments including dyslexia, vision impairment, and quadriplegia. The current browsing experience puts many obstacles in front of them, becoming needlessly difficult and frustrating. The WCAG 2.0 standard was established to solve that problem, and we are happy to make our part.
Ease of use and versatility
With accessibility becoming a standard for responsive design, we have built a market-proven solution that not only offers UK English text to speech, but also an abundance of other languages. Any website or app that enjoys a good share of European audience knows that having different languages makes the content incredibly more engaging for a big part of those users. It opens new channels of communication and potential revenue streams with a single line of code!