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New accessibility tool bar available on the Rediscovering the River Colne website

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

As part of the ‘Tales of the River’ project, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the council have added a state-of-the-art accessibility toolbar to create a more inclusive and user-friendly experience for all visitors, regardless of their individual needs or disabilities.

ReciteMe is a cutting-edge assistive technology solution that empowers individuals to personalise their browsing experience. By incorporating this accessibility tool, we are reinforcing our commitment to inclusivity and ensuring every user can learn more about the River Colne. The implementation aligns with the project’s core values of equal opportunity and ensuring that everyone can participate and engage with the projects. Everyone should have the opportunity to be able to access online content. This tool will allow the website to be inclusive by supporting people who are neurodivergent, visually impaired, speak English as a second language or of old age.

The toolbar provides an array of user-friendly features, allowing visitors to adapt the website’s content to suit their unique requirements. Key functionalities of the toolbar include:

  • Language translation – The toolbar offers translation capabilities, enabling content to converted into over 100 languages.

  • Text-to-speech conversion – Users can convert written content into natural-sounding spoken works, enhancing accessibility for those with visual impairments or learning difficulties.

  • Readability options – Visitors to the site can customise the appearance of the website, adjusting font size, colours and styles to optimise readability and individual preferences.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “An important aim of our project is to engage all of Watford’s residents. To do this we need to ensure that all of the information about the project is accessible.

By adding ReciteMe to the River Colne website, individuals with additional needs will now have the opportunity to learn about the project and get involved. Thank you to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery players for helping to make this happen.”

The ReciteMe toolbar can be found on in the bottom left-hand corner. When you click on the button, it will launch the toolbar at the top of the webpage, showcasing the options available. For more information on how to use the ReciteMe tool bar, please watch the following video:

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