Spanish Text-to-Speech Not Working on ChromeOS 119
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Spanish Text-to-Speech Not Working on ChromeOS 119

Jan 17, 2024

Due to a recent change in ChromeOS, Chromebooks running version 119 or later will no longer have Spanish voice packs for text-to-speech installed by default. Because of this, students will not be able to activate text-to-speech on Spanish text in the Secure Browser on those Chromebooks. As CAI works with Google to investigate resolutions, there are two recommendations for students who need Spanish text-to-speech during the current and upcoming test administrations:

(1)    Arrange for students to use another device for testing or a Chromebook that is still running a version of ChromeOS before 119.

(2)    Install the Spanish voice pack manually using the following steps:

a.       Enable the option for the ‘floating accessibility toolbar’ in the ChromeOS Management Console. This must be done by the system administrator.

b.       Open the Secure Browser on the device(s) that need a Spanish voice pack

c.       Click on the new floating toolbar in the right-hand corner of the screen and choose settings

d.       Install the Spanish voice pack

e.       Disable the option for the floating accessibility menu in the ChromeOS Management Console again. This is required.


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