Ally guide for students

A drop-down arrow adjacent to the a file link in WebCampus provides students with an option to download the file as it exists or to generate one of several types of more accessible versions.

Selecting Accessible versions allows the user to select one of the following types of files:

  • HTML. An HTML version for viewing in a browser or on a mobile device. This version may provide a better experience for users leveraging screen-readers.
  • ePub. An e-book version that works with e-readers such as Kindle, an iPad, or web-based ePub readers.
  • Electronic braille. An electronic braille (BRF) version of the file for use with electronic braille displays.
  • Audio. A single MP3 audio version of the file.

More accessible PDF options (for some, but not all file types)

  • OCRed PDF option. If the document is a scanned PDF, Ally uses ABBYY Fine Reader technology to perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR), which automates text extraction. Assistive technologies can read and search text in an OCRed PDF with varying degrees of reliability.
  • Tagged PDF option. If the document exists in a format that can be converted to PDF and automatically provided with structural tags, which guide assistive technologies when reading a document. No PDF option: If an untagged PDF file exists, there is no option to download another type of PDF.