SpeechSynthesisUtterance.SpeechSynthesisUtterance()

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

The SpeechSynthesisUtterance() constructor of the SpeechSynthesisUtterance interface returns a new SpeechSynthesisUtterance object instance.

Syntax

var utterThis = new SpeechSynthesisUtterance(text);

Parameters

text
A DOMString containing the text that will be synthesised when the utterance is spoken..

Examples

The following snippet is excerpted from our Speech synthesiser demo.

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];
    }
  }
  synth.speak(utterThis);
  inputTxt.blur();
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Web Speech API
The definition of 'SpeechSynthesisUtterance()' in that specification.
Draft  

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
SpeechSynthesisUtterance() constructor
Experimental
Chrome Full support 33Edge Full support YesFirefox 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 61 — 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  
Full support
No support  
No support
Compatibility unknown  
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.

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