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1.4. Read the Web and Online testing compatibility

Last Updated: April 2017

Online testing platforms ( i.e. Accuplacer) may require special settings to read properly using our read the web features. We have several options available and depending on your online test content some of these options may be a better choice, please review the article below.

Quick Links:

Read the Web 3.0 with Chrome or Firefox (Recommended)

Read the Web 2.39 with Firefox

Using the Image Reader

Using the new Read The Web 3.0 with Google Chrome

Requirements:

Installing Read The Web 3.0 for Chrome:

1. Open Chrome, and go to this link: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/read-the-web-30/hdgegmlancchhhlkkddoiedlklgocffm

2. Restart Chrome after the Read the Web add-on is installed

3. Go to your testing website

4. You should be prompted to login to the Chrome Read the Web add-on in the top right-hand corner of your screen

5. Login with your firefly username/password

6. Click on the play button to start reading content on the website you are on. It may be a good idea to select the text you want to read first or to place your cursor before the section you want to read.

Using the new Read the Web 3.0 add-on with Firefox

Requirements:

Installing Read The Web 3.0 for Firefox:

  1. Go to this link in the Firefox Browser.
  2. Click "Allow" to download the add-on.
  3. Click "Install" to install the add-on.
  4. When you next go to a website, you should be prompted to log into the Firefox Read Web add-on in the top right-hand corner of your screen.
  5. Log in with your firefly username/password.
  6. Click on the play button to start reading content on the website you are on. It may be a good idea to select the text you want to read first or to place your cursor before the section you want to read.


Read the Web 2.39 with Firefox

Requirements:

Steps to enable:

Using Firefox, go to this link and allow the add-on to install: https://www.kurzweiledu.com/downloads/currentversion/KESIReader_239.xpi

Note: If you are using a version of Kurzweil 3000 older than v15, you may need to install an older add-on - more information is here.

Windows:

After installing the add-on, for the Windows version follow these steps:

1. Open Kurzweil

2. Go to Tools > Options > Reading

3. Under "Read the Web" make sure Firefox is selected and also the "Desktop Toolbar" and "Read Alternate Text" options are enabled:

Read the Web Firefox settings

4. In Kurzweil go to Read > Read the Web

5. Login to your testing site

6. Use the Read the Web Toolbar at the bottom of the screen to read the test*

*Note: You may need to place your cursor before what you are trying to read or select the text first before reading. Also, tests are generally very locked down so you may have to read the entire contents and not be able to manually navigate.

Mac:

  1. Install the add-on using the same process
  2. Open Kurzweil for Mac
  3. Select Read the Web from Read > Read the Web
  4. Firefox will open, go to the website you are trying to access and attempt to use Read The Web*

*Note: You may need to place your cursor before what you are trying to read or select the text first before reading. Also, tests are generally very locked down so you may have to read the entire contents and not be able to manually navigate.

Using the Image Reader feature

The Image reader may be an option if you find Read the Web isn't reading your test content due to restrictions on the testing website, it works very differently in comparison to Read The Web.

Windows Requirements:

Mac Requirements:

Windows steps to enable the Image Reader:

1. Right click on your Windows Taskbar, select Toolbars > Kurzweil Taskbar

If you do not see the Kurzweil Taskbar option under "Toolbars":

1a. Search your all programs list for "Kurzweil 3000 Taskbar" from your start button in Windows and click it once; this will install the feature.

1b. It is recommended to restart your computer if the taskbar is still not present in your toolbars list after waiting 5 minutes.

2. Once the Kurzweil Taskbar is enabled, you will notice some new icons to the left of your clock area.

3. The last button to the right located on the Kurzweil taskbar if clicked will invoke the image reader tool, this is a cross-hair cursor that allows you to click and drag around an area on a web page (or anywhere on your computer) and have it read back the contents.

If you are able to enable your Windows taskbar and use the Image Reader, this should allow your content to be read to you during online testing.

Mac steps to enable the Image Reader:

1. Open Kurzweil 3000 for Mac and then minimize it

2. Open your testing website in your web browser and navigate to the test

3. Go back to Kurzweil and go to Read > Image Reader

4. You mouse changes into a target cursor, select the text on the testing page you want to read

5. A new document will be created that can be read in Kurzweil

*Tip: you would most likely want Kurzweil and the test open at the same time on your screen to more effectively use the Image reader.

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