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The text property of the SpeechSynthesisUtterance interface gets and sets the text that will be synthesised when the utterance is spoken.

The text may be provided as plain text, or a well-formed SSML document. The SSML tags will be stripped away by devices that don't support SSML.


var myText = speechSynthesisUtteranceInstance.text;
speechSynthesisUtteranceInstance.text = 'Hello I am speaking';


A DOMString represenitng the text to the synthesised. The maximum length of the text that can be spoken in each utterance is 32,767 characters.


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];


Specification Status Comment
Web Speech API
The definition of 'text' 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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