What is WordCue?

WordCue provides assistance in reading words, links and phrases on web pages. By selecting a word or phrase which is difficult to read, a range of cues are provided directly within the Browser. These may be in the form of:

Not all words have been matched with cues. There are currently approximately 1,700 most frequently used words in the English language which contain syllabification, definition, example sentence and spoken cues. Of these 1,200 also have a picture cue. Click here to view an alphabetical list of the words which have picture cues. WordCue also contains sets of words which are related, such as plurals, giving the total word recognition of more than 10,000 words. Click here to test an existing Web page for words which will be recognised by WordCue.

Single word cues

To activate WordCue for a word, switch the [Scroll Lock] key on, then position the cursor on the word (or picture), and clicked the left mouse button.

Phrase or sentence cues

Any piece of text which is a heading, a link, or is in bold or italic font can be selected. The cue provided for these phrases is the fully spoken cue as well as a cue about the word under the cursor.

Obtaining WordCue

Download and install the current version of the WordCue Trainer to enable WordCue on your computer. To make a page(s) WordCue Aware, cut and paste the following object tag into the HEAD block as shown below -

<title>Page Title</title>
<object id="EIAWordCue" classid="clsid:73B989AC-7127-11D5-B5C2-00002123BA28"></object>
Your content goes in here ...

Spoken Cues

This requires that your computer is setup for Microsoft Text-to-Speech technology

Literacy Online and Word games

This project is about helping people use the Internet and assisting with reading, understanding and finding information on the World Wide Web. Try the Literacy Online site.


WordCue was developed by ELR Software Pty Ltd in collaboration with researchers at Information and Telecommunications Needs Research (Monash University), and the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) under two, joint projects funded by the Commonwealth through the AccessAbility Program of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

WordCue contains by generous agreement, a pictographic-dictionary based on COMPIC® pictographs (Copyright ©1999 SSOV trading as COMPIC). For more information about these pictographs and associated accessibility related materials, please visit the COMPIC web site.

The WordCue Trainer program and associated WordCue ActiveX and Dictionary components, are free software; you may use and redistribute it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. http://www.fsf.org/home.html

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