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    Have you ever accessed a file in your course that was difficult to read, or you wish came in a different format? With Ally, you have the ability to access different formats of your instructor's files, without having to ask or consult learning services.

    Ally creates alternative formats of your course files. These files include readable text for screen readers, pictures with captions, and easy-to-navigate content. Ally creates alternatives from the original documents in your course. You can download the alternative formats anywhere that files are used. Just choose the format that is best for your needs!

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    Alternative formats

    Your instructor probably has many different files uploaded within your course. Ally uses these file types to make alternative formats:

    • PDF
    • Microsoft® Word
    • Microsoft® Powerpoint®
    • OpenOffice/LibreOffice
    • HTML

    From those file types, Ally creates these alternative formats:

    • OCR format for scanned documents. This text is automatically extracted from your instructor's file and has improved reading and searching capability.
    • Tagged PDF format of Word, Powerpoint, and OpenOffice/LibreOffice files.
    • Semantic HTML. This option can be used for opening in an online browser or on mobile devices.
    • ePub. If you have a mobile reader, you can open an ePub document on an iPad, Kindle, or similar device.
    • Electronic braille. A .BRF format for consumption on electronic braille displays.
    • Audio. Download this format to access an MP3 for listening.

    Library reference

    If your instructor provides library reference information for their files you can see it when viewing alternative formats.

    Find a file and select the menu for it. Select Alternative formats and Library reference.

    If there is no library reference information provided, you don't see the option.