Speak Items Under the Pointer

Is there a way to create a keyboard shortcut to toggle “Speak items under the pointer” in System Preferences/Accessibility/Zoom? As a partially sighted user I very often use a screen reader to read aloud text elements throughout MacOS.

Until now I’ve been using a wonderful little app called GhostReader 1.6.9 which has that feature. With GR I can have anything read out loud with any installed voice with a simple key press of Control+Option when hovering over text. This has made a HUGE difference for me in terms of productivity. But Mojave states this is the last version GR will operate on. This worries me terribly!

I don’t use VoiceOver because it is just not ideal for partially sighted users like myself. I only need text read out when I need it, which is 80%+. Text to speech plus Full Screen Zoom is all I’ve needed until now.

So since the “Speak items under the pointer” is in fact an option within System Preferences/Accessibility/Zoom, I am hoping there is a way to make a simple keyboard shortcut to toggle it on/off.

For instance, with Dark Mode I have found a very simple Automator AppleScript that allows me to add a keyboard shortcut within System Preferences/Keyboard/Shortcuts/Services. If it is possible to do so with the Dark Mode feature, it must be possible with Speak items under the pointer as well.

Any help with this issue would be extremely appreciated!

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I'd give Voiceover another look

I have not used a mac in quite a while and I do tend to use screenreaders a tiny bit more than you do. But the feature you're talking about is one I use on both Mac and PC. I know with some screen readers you can choose which items Voiceover actually reads. I'm not sure what Voiceover's capabilities might be in that case. But it might be worth checking in its settings. Or you could just wait until someone with something more helpful to contribute comes along. :)