What accessibility features are available for digitised chapters using Kortext?

You may find the Kortext accessibility statement helpful.

Texthelp Read & Write software or ClaroRead software (both of which are installed on all Library PCs) provide accessibility tools (see the Library website Software page for more information).

The digitised chapters can be read online or downloaded.  Kortext also offers an app for MacOS, iOS (iPhone), Android and Windows 10.  Follow these instructions: How do I download Kortext eBook reader app?  The app allows you to change font size, font and background colour and to use the Read Aloud tool. Video tutorials are available on how to use the Mobile Apps Reader on the Kortext Support page.

How can I have a digitised chapter read aloud to me?

Read online:

Texthelp Read & Write and Texthelp Read & Write plugin for Google Chrome:

You can have the digitised chapter read aloud to you by following these instructions: How can I have unselectable text read aloud to me using Read & Write software?

ClaroRead and ClaroRead Chrome:

You can have the digitised chapter read aloud to you by following these instructions: How can I have unselectable text read aloud to me using ClaroRead software?

It is not possible to have digitised chapters read aloud with ClaroRead Chrome.

Download:

Adobe Reader:

The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader settings you need to use to have the digitised chapter read aloud to you. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the digitised chapter to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader. Then you can have the digitised chapter read aloud to you by following these instructions: How can I have a PDF read aloud to me using Adobe Reader?

Texthelp Read & Write:

The download will open in your web browser. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the digitised chapter to your computer. You can then open it from there with Read & Write. Please see these instructions: How can I have a PDF document read aloud to me using Texthelp Read & Write software?

Texthelp Read & Write plugin for Google Chrome:

The download will open in your web browser. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the digitised chapter to your computer, and then open it from there by following these instructions: How can I have a PDF file read aloud using OrbitDoc PDF reader?

ClaroRead and ClaroRead Chrome:

The download will open in your web browser. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the digitised chapter to your computer, and then open it from there by following these instructions: How can I have a PDF document read aloud to me using ClaroRead software?

It is not possible to have the digitised chapter read aloud with ClaroRead Chrome.

Kortext Reader app:

You will need to download the digitised chapter first. Locate the PDF file and choose to open it with the Kortext app.  Highlight the text you want to have read aloud and press the Read Aloud option from the menu that appears.  Alternatively, if you want to read the whole page click the menu button (3 vertical dots) and choose Read Aloud (on Android) or Voiceover (for Mac and iPhone).  On Windows 10 press the Read Aloud button on the toolbar.  Whilst having text read aloud a toolbar will appear on screen which allows you to stop the reading or to change the voice settings.

How can I change the font colour in a digitised chapter?

In addition to the specific instructions below, you may also be able to change font colours using your web browser or operating system settings.

Read online:

There is no inbuilt option to change the font colour. You may be able to change font colours using your web browser or operating system settings.

Kortext Reader app:

You will need to download the digitised chapter first. Locate the PDF file and choose to open it with the Kortext app.  Click on the Display Options button  . From there you can choose from the colour Tones: black text on a white background, white text on a black background or sepia

How can I change the background colour in a digitised chapter?

In addition to the specific instructions below, you may also be able to change background colours using your web browser or operating system settings

Read online:

There is no inbuilt option to change the background colour. You may be able to change background colours using your web browser or operating system settings.

Kortext Reader app:

You will need to download the digitised chapter first. Locate the PDF file and choose to open it with the Kortext app.  Click on the Display Options button  . From there you can choose from the colour Tones: black text on a white background, white text on a black background or sepia

How can I change the text size in a digitised chapter?

In addition to the specific instructions below, you may also be able to make text on your screen appear larger using inbuilt features of your operating system.

Read online:

Inbuilt zoom options:

You can choose between different zoom levels by clicking the zoom in and out buttons in the top right hand corner.  When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the screen at the new zoom level). 

You can change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key.  Press Ctrl/command and 0 to set the zoom level back to default.  When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the screen at the new zoom level). 

Kortext Reader app:

You will need to download the digitised chapter first. Locate the PDF file and choose to open it with the Kortext app.  Click on the Display Options button  . Change the Text Size using the plus and minus buttons.  When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the screen at the new zoom level). 

On an iPhone you can increase the text size by using the standard pinch to zoom method (place two fingers on the screen and spread them out to zoom in or pinch them together to zoom out). When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the screen at the new zoom level). 

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