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start

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Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

The start event of the Web Speech API SpeechSynthesisUtterance object is fired when the utterance has begun to be spoken.

Bubbles No
Cancelable No
Target objects SpeechSynthesisUtterance
Interface SpeechSynthesisEvent

Examples

utterThis.onstart = function(event) {
  console.log('We have started uttering this speech: ' + event.utterance.text);
}

Inheritance

The start event implements the SpeechSynthesisEvent interface, which inherits from Event. It therefore has available the properties and methods defined on both these interfaces.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Web Speech API
The definition of 'speech synthesis utterance events' in that specification.
Draft  

Browser compatibility

We're converting our compatibility data into a machine-readable JSON format. This compatibility table still uses the old format, because we haven't yet converted the data it contains. Find out how you can help!

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 33 (Yes) 44 (44) [1] No support No support No support
Feature Android Chrome Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? (Yes) (Yes) ? 2.5 No support No support No support
  • [1] Can be enabled via the media.webspeech.synth.enabled flag in about:config.

See also

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