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Accessibility (a11y) Speech Synthesis


Make your browser speak when wp.a11y.speak() is called. Requires a browser that supports speechSynthesis (which all currently do except for IE11).

This is useful for development to simulate what a user experiences when using a screen reader.

Contributors & Developers

“Accessibility (a11y) Speech Synthesis” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Fixed: Pass ariaLive param to original wp.a11y.speak().
  • Fixed: Prevent reading markup in message.
  • Fixed: Stop speaking any previous utterance before speaking the next one to emulate clear().
  • Updated: Refactor JS script registration to better swap out and wrap core’s wp-a11y script.
  • Updated: Simplified plugin to the bare minimum required PHP.


Initial release