SpeechSynthesisVoice.default

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

The default read-only property of the SpeechSynthesisVoice interface returns a Boolean indicating whether the voice is the default voice for the current app (true), or not (false.)

Note: For some devices, it might be the default voice for the voice's language. The spec is not very clear on which it should be, so some implementations may differ.

Syntax

var amIDefault = speechSynthesisVoiceInstance.default;

Value

A Boolean.

Examples

for(i = 0; i < voices.length ; i++) {
  var option = document.createElement('option');
  option.textContent = voices[i].name + ' (' + voices[i].lang + ')';
 
  if(voices[i].default) {
    option.textContent += ' -- DEFAULT';
  }

  option.setAttribute('data-lang', voices[i].lang);
  option.setAttribute('data-name', voices[i].name);
  voiceSelect.appendChild(option);
}

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
default
Experimental
Chrome Full support 33Edge Full support 14Firefox Full support 49IE No support NoOpera Full support 21Safari Full support 7WebView Android Full support 4.4.3Chrome 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 7.1Samsung 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