SpeechSynthesisUtterance.text

This is an experimental technology
Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

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.

Syntax

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

Value

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

Examples

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) {
  event.preventDefault();

  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];
    }
  }
  console.log(utterThis.text);
  synth.speak(utterThis);
  inputTxt.blur();
}

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
text
Experimental
Chrome Full support 33Edge Full support 14Firefox Full support 49IE No support NoOpera Full support 21Safari Full support 7WebView Android No support NoChrome Android Full support 33Firefox Android Full support 62
Full support 62
No support 61Ā ā€” 62
Disabled
Disabled From version 61 until version 62 (exclusive): this feature is behind the media.webspeech.synth.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS Full support 7Samsung Internet Android ?

Legend

Full support Ā 
Full support
No support Ā 
No support
Compatibility unknown Ā 
Compatibility unknown
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.

See also