JAWS and MAGic provide language switching with any supported speech synthesizer. When a Web page author indicates the language of an entire page, or just part of a page, if the synthesizer in use supports that language, JAWS or MAGic use the language specific version of the synthesizer to speak the text. The synthesizer must support the language of the information.
If the synthesizer does not support the language specified for a page or part of a page, JAWS (or MAGic) still indicates the language of the information.
To demonstrate automatic language detection, we start in English and write:
"My computer speaks English."
Then we write the same sentence in French,
mon ordinateur parle français
and then in Spanish,
mi computadora habla español
and in Portuguese,
meu computador fala o português
and the same in German,
mein computer spricht deutsch
and in Russian,
Мой компьютер говорит по-русски
and in Finnish,
Tietokoneeni puhuu suomea
and in Italian,
il mio computer parla italiano
and in Greek,
Ο υπολογιστής μου μηλάει ελληνικά,
and in Polish,
Mój komputer mówi po polsku
and in Chinese,
JAWS or MAGic switch between the languages very smoothly, when they can. If JAWS or MAGic only said, "Russian," "Greek," or "Polish," instead of reading the text in those languages, this indicates that your speech synthesizer (Eloquence, for example) does not support those languages. If you are using Vocalizer Expressive, it indicates that you do not have those particular voices installed. Please visit the Synthesizers download page to locate more free voices and languages for your use.