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The onresume property of the SpeechSynthesisUtterance interface represents an event handler that will run when a paused utterance is resumed (when the resume event fires.)

This occurs when the SpeechSynthesis.resume() method is invoked on a paused speech synthesis instance.


speechSynthesisUtteranceInstance.onresume = function() { ... };


var synth = window.speechSynthesis;

var inputForm = document.querySelector('form');
var inputTxt = document.querySelector('input');
var voiceSelect = document.querySelector('select');

var voices = synth.getVoices();


inputForm.onsubmit = function(event) {

  var utterThis = new SpeechSynthesisUtterance(inputTxt.value);
  var selectedOption = voiceSelect.selectedOptions[0].getAttribute('data-name');
  for(i = 0; i < voices.length ; i++) {
    if(voices[i].name === selectedOption) {
      utterThis.voice = voices[i];


  utterThis.onresume = function(event) {
    console.log('Speech resumed after ' + event.elapsedTime + ' milliseconds.');



Specification Status Comment
Web Speech API
The definition of 'onresume' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

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Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 33 (Yes)49 (49) No support ? 7
Feature Android Chrome Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) No support 2.0 No support No support 7.1

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