SpeechSynthesisUtterance

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

The SpeechSynthesisUtterance interface of the Web Speech API represents a speech request. It contains the content the speech service should read and information about how to read it (e.g. language, pitch and volume.)

Constructor

SpeechSynthesisUtterance.SpeechSynthesisUtterance()
Returns a new SpeechSynthesisUtterance object instance.

Properties

SpeechSynthesisUtterance also inherits properties from its parent interface, EventTarget.

SpeechSynthesisUtterance.lang
Gets and sets the language of the utterance.
SpeechSynthesisUtterance.pitch
Gets and sets the pitch at which the utterance will be spoken at.
SpeechSynthesisUtterance.rate
Gets and sets the speed at which the utterance will be spoken at.
SpeechSynthesisUtterance.text
Gets and sets the text that will be synthesised when the utterance is spoken.
SpeechSynthesisUtterance.voice
Gets and sets the voice that will be used to speak the utterance.
SpeechSynthesisUtterance.volume
Gets and sets the volume that the utterance will be spoken at.

Events

Listen to these events using addEventListener() or by assigning an event listener to the oneventname property of this interface.

boundary
Fired when the spoken utterance reaches a word or sentence boundary.
Also available via the onboundary property.
end
Fired when the utterance has finished being spoken.
Also available via the onend property.
error
Fired when an error occurs that prevents the utterance from being succesfully spoken.
Also available via the onerror property
mark
Fired when the spoken utterance reaches a named SSML "mark" tag.
Also available via the onmark property.
pause
Fired when the utterance is paused part way through.
Also available via the onpause property.
resume
Fired when a paused utterance is resumed.
Also available via the onresume property.
start
Fired when the utterance has begun to be spoken.
Also available via the onstart property.

Examples

In our basic Speech synthesiser demo, we first grab a reference to the SpeechSynthesis controller using window.speechSynthesis. After defining some necessary variables, we retrieve a list of the voices available using SpeechSynthesis.getVoices() and populate a select menu with them so the user can choose what voice they want.

Inside the inputForm.onsubmit handler, we stop the form submitting with preventDefault(),  use the constructor to create a new utterance instance containing the text from the text <input>, set the utterance's voice to the voice selected in the <select> element, and start the utterance speaking via the SpeechSynthesis.speak() method.

var synth = window.speechSynthesis;

var inputForm = document.querySelector('form');
var inputTxt = document.querySelector('input');
var voiceSelect = document.querySelector('select');

var voices = synth.getVoices();

for(i = 0; i < voices.length ; i++) {
  var option = document.createElement('option');
  option.textContent = voices[i].name + ' (' + voices[i].lang + ')';
  option.setAttribute('data-lang', voices[i].lang);
  option.setAttribute('data-name', voices[i].name);
  voiceSelect.appendChild(option);
}

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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SpeechSynthesisUtterance
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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.
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SpeechSynthesisUtterance() constructor
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boundary event
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end event
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error event
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lang
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mark event
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onboundary
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onend
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onerror
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Disabled
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onmark
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onpause
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onresume
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Disabled
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onstart
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Disabled
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pause event
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Disabled
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pitch
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rate
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resume event
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start event
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text
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voice
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volume
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Disabled
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Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS Full support 7Samsung Internet Android ?

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See also