CSS speak

The CSS speak property is used to specify that the text will be used for aural media. It also specifies how it will be spoken, for example normal or spelt out (i.e. for acronyms).


speak: <value>

Possible Values

auto (new in CSS3)
Resolves to a computed value of none when display is none, otherwise resolves to a computed value of auto which yields a used value of normal.
Suppresses aural rendering so that the element requires no time to render.

This can be applied against elements you don't want to be spoken. This element will be skipped and there will be no gap (of silence) where it would normally be. If you want a gap of silence, use the volume property.

Note, however, that descendants may override this value and will be spoken. (To be sure to suppress rendering of an element and its descendants, use the display property).

The element is rendered aurally.
spell-out (dropped in CSS3)
Spells the text one letter at a time (useful for acronyms and abbreviations).

In addition, all CSS properties also accept the following CSS-wide keyword values as the sole component of their property value:

Represents the value specified as the property's initial value.
Represents the computed value of the property on the element's parent.
This value acts as either inherit or initial, depending on whether the property is inherited or not. In other words, it sets all properties to their parent value if they are inheritable or to their initial value if not inheritable.


Initial Value
CSS3: auto
CSS 2.1: normal
Applies To
All elements.

Example Code

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