LOOK is a free interactive reading tool for those affected by CVI.

Settings

Text to Read
Text to Read

Use the options below to determine what text you would like to read with our LOOK tool.

You can upload your own text files into our text reader. Please note that they must be saved in '.txt' format for this online utility to be able to parse the file correctly.

Text Hinting

NB Text hinting will display a pale previous and next words above and below the current word(s) to aid with more natural “out loud” reading.

Typeface/Font
Typeface/Font

You can change the on-screen typeface used in this text reading utility using the following options.

Arial / Helvetica

Size: 12px

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Size: 18px

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Size: 24px

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Size: 30px

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Text Size
Text Size 0

Use the slider above to increase and decrease the size of your text.

NB The text size can also be altered using the plus (+) or minus (-) keys — on your keyboard and number pad — when this panel is closed.

Text Spacing
Text Spacing 0

Use the slider above to increase and decrease the spacing between letters of your text.

Text Delay & Gap
Text Delay 0

Use the slider above to increase and decrease the delay, in milliseconds, when showing each word.

The text delay can be altered using either the slider provided or the up or down arrow keys (when this panel is closed).

Fixed/Variable Speed

The fixed speed setting will show each word for the same amount of time, while the variable speed option will display words on-screen based on their length — short words will appear for less time than long words.

Text Gap 0

Use the slider above to increase and decrease the gap, in milliseconds, between each word.

Colours
Text Colour

Click on a colour below to change the text colour.

Background Colour

Click on a colour below to change the background colour.

Icons & Keyboard Commands
Icon Key Description
S Open Settings Panel
When this settings panel is closed, you can bring it back at any time by hitting the “S” key on your keyboard. This will automatically pause the text reader.
SPACE Play/Pause Text Reader
This button/key starts the text reader automatically progressing through each word, with a speed and delay based on your settings. Pressing this button/key again will pause the text reader.
Go to previous word
This button/key allows you to go back to the previous word in your text to read.
Go to next word
This button/key allows you to go to the next word in your text to read.
N/A Go back to start
This button allows you to jump back to the very start of your selected text.
N/A Go to end
This button allows you to jump forward to the very end of your selected text.
N/A Increase Speed
This key allows you increase the speed of the text reader by reducing the time that each word appears on screen.
N/A Decrease Speed
This key allows you decrease the speed of the text reader by increasing the time that each word appears on screen.
N/A + Increase Text Size
The plus key on your keyboard allows you to quickly increase the text size of the text reader.
N/A Decrease Text Size
The minus key on your keyboard allows you to quickly decrease the text size of the text reader.
F Toggle Full Screen Mode
This button/key allows you to open the text reader in full-screen mode. Press it again to exit full-screen mode.

NB The above keyboard commands only work when the settings panel is closed — this allows you to use these keys when adding in text to read, or navigating the form options as normal.