A new interesting feature is going to be introduced in Firefox 48. It will get a Narrate option for the Reader view. Once the user enters this mode, he can enable the speech synthesizer, which will read aloud the page content for you using a computerized voice. Let's explore this feature in detail.
As you might be knowing, Reader View in Firefox makes reading articles, stories and blog posts easier by removing clutter and by simplifying the layout. It removes background images, ads, graphics, and shows the opened page like a page from a book.
To try the Narrate option while in Reader view, you need to install Firefox Nightly first. Refer to the following article: Run different Firefox versions simultaneously.
Mozilla is positioning both, Reader view and the Narrate option as accessibility features of the Firefox browser. However, they believe that it will be useful for regular users too:
Disability is not a binary, it is more nuanced than that. We define our users broadly, we don’t divide them into users with and without disabilities. There can be many reasons why you would choose to click play on that Narrate popup: eye fatigue, multi-tasking, dyslexia, or Angry Birds.
What is your opinion about this new feature? Have you tried it? Do you find it useful or not?
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