What are 'Alternative Formats' in MyBeckett?

Ally is a new accessibility tool in MyBeckett that you can use to convert files into alternative file formats. Prefer to listen to a Word document? Ally can make an audio version of a file. Want a file format that is easier to read on a phone? Ally can convert it for you.

As we do for all MyBeckett use, we recommend you use Chrome, Firefox or Safari internet browsers for the smoothest use of MyBeckett and Ally.

*(for more information about the Alternative Formats Service run by the Library, please see the Alternative Formats Service FAQ)*

How do you use Alternative Formats?

In your modules, next to compatible files and content, you should see this symbol:

Alternative formats symbol – A with down arrow next to it.

When you click on this button you will be given a list of different file formats you can download instead of the original file:

You can then select the format you want and click the ‘Download’ button at the bottom of the menu. Your alternative format should then download on to your device/PC as normal. (Note: some formats may not appear in this list all the time. Some files will be unable to generate an alternative format.)

Lecturers do have the ability to turn off this feature and it may not be available for every file. If this is the case for a file on a module, when you click on the 'Alternative formats' button you will see the following message:

Depending on the original file, available formats may include: Tagged PDF – Structured PDF for improved use with assistive technology, HTML – For viewing in the browser and on mobile devices, ePub – For reading as an e-book on an iPad or other e-book readers, Electronic braille – BRF version for consumption on electronic braille displays, Audio – MP3 version for listening, BeeLine Reader – Enhanced version for easier and faster on-screen reading, Translated version – A machine translated version of the original document.

Please contact your lecturer if you see this pop up and think a piece of content should have alternative formats enabled. They should be able to enable it for you, or explain why it has been disabled.

For more in depth information about Ally's alternative formats, take a look at the Blackboard Ally Alternative Format page.

Accessible resources

The Library can also help you with accessing other resources you may use which are not on MyBeckett (e.g. eBooks) in an accessible format. For more information please see the Library website Accessible resources page.

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