Recite Me

Making it easier for you to use our website, in a way that works for you.

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What is the Recite Me toolbar?

We are trialling a new service with Recite Me. The Recite Me toolbar can help you to customise and change how the Halifax website looks. Click on the ‘Need help reading this page?’ button at the top of the page to activate the tool on the website.

There are lots of different features, for example you can -

  • Change the size and type of fonts.
  • Change the website colours.
  • Have the website read aloud.

You can also make the whole website bigger or focus on smaller sections. 

  • The Recite Me toolbar is a trial on our website and we would welcome any feedback. You can provide feedback by opening settings within the toolbar and clicking Customer Feedback Survey.

Who can use the toolbar?

The toolbar is for everyone. But for some, it might be particularly helpful. For example, if you struggle with your sight or reading, have dyslexia, hyperlexia, autism or ADHD, there are features to make it easier to access the website and be more comfortable to use.

Along with the toolbar, we already aim to make sure the Halifax website is compatible with assistive technology. We may not always get it 100% right, but we continually work with the Digital Accessibility Centre to review and improve the website.

Features

  • Reading 

    Ruler: Click the ruler icon to enable the reading ruler.

    Screen Mask: Click on the screen mask button. This will create a letterbox for focused viewing of a section on the page.

    Magnifier: Click and drag the magnifying glass to magnify text on the screen. 

    Margins: The margins button will appear when plain text mode is enabled. Select the dropdown to change the text dimensions by narrowing the width of the text column. 

    • Ruler to read line by line. 
    • Reading mask to eliminate distraction. 
    • Magnifier to zoom in sections of text. 
    • Margins to reposition text in text-only. 
  • Styling 

    Increase: Click the “+” icon to increase the font size.

    Decrease: Click the “-” icon to decrease the font size.

    Font: Click the “Aa” icon and select your font. 

    Colour: Change the background, text, and link colour, click on the colour wheel icon.

    Text Mode: Click the plain text button to strip all the styling from the page. 

    • Text size and colour.
    • Website background colour.
    • Text font type, including Open-Dyslexic. 
    • Text only mode to eliminate all styling, much like a Word document. 

Read the content aloud

Back: Rewind to the previous paragraph of text.

Play: Click the Play button to read the text aloud.

Forward: Skip forward to the next paragraph of the text.

How to control Recite Me

  • Settings: Adjust your Recite Me settings.

    Reset: This will restore the default settings.

    User Guide: This will give you an overview of the Recite Me toolbar features.

  • Tab - To move to the next toolbar button

    Shift + Tab - To go backward

    Spacebar - To select a button and to change toggles

    CTRL + Right - Play next element

    CTRL + Left - Play previous element

    CTRL + ALT+ P - Play the current element

    CTRL + ALT + F - Show font menu

    CTRL+ ALT + C - Show theme menu

    CTRL + R - Enable/Disable ruler

    CTRL + L - Show translation languages

    CTRL + X - Enable/Disable text-only mode

    CTRL + M - Show page margin settings

    CTRL + Shift + O - Show/Disable settings menu

    CTRL + S - Save settings

Frequently Asked Questions

Further support

Accessibility and disability support

Adapting our service to suit your needs.

Accessibility and disability

Website accessibility

How we make our website accessible.

Website accessibility

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