The VLeBooks platform supports PDF eBooks which are formatted to read online and support the accessibility functionality within the VLeBooks Reader.
There are a range of accessibility options available to users which make searching and navigating the platform easier.
For full details please visit https://www.vlebooks.com/vleweb/Home/AccessibilityGuidance
To access these options, select Edit Accessibility Settings on the left side of the screen. This feature enables users to set their own preferences for the platform.
- Large Font
- High Contrast
- Highlight links in yellow
- Underline Links
- Greyscale Colour mode
- Dyslexic friendly font
- Prevent pop-up auto close
The options are applied permanently or until users make a change.
When reading via the platform, users can change the background colour to suit their requirements. Select ‘Read Online’ and access the colour palate in the top right-hand corner of the screen. This will open a pop-up panel which allows users to select a reading background from one of seven 7 different dyslexia-friendly colours.
To amend contrast in the reader, users will need a browser plugin such as ‘High Contrast’ on Chrome https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/high-contrast/djcfdncoelnlbldjfhinnjlhdjlikmph?hl=en
Watch or listen to a video on the Accessibility Options for VLeBooks
Text to Speech
The VLE reader has inbuilt text-to-speech, available through ‘Read Online’ which can be used from both desktop and mobile views. The Read Aloud feature enables the user more freedom to roam desktops or browsing devices where traditional assistive software would have been required. Read aloud is a core feature built into the online platform allowing for wider audience access to audible facilities where assistive software may not have been possible or practical.
eBooks downloaded to eReader software such as Adobe Digital Editions can be read by most other software. Common software tools and their compatibility are as follows:
Read & Write Gold
This software has Optical Character Recognition (OCR) capability which enables the eBook to be read via the platform or via download through Adobe Digital Editions.
This is not compatible with the online reader. Download the eBook to Adobe Digital Editions to enable this software to perform.
We recommend accessing the software manufacturers’ own user guides for further information.
Use the following link for information on other tools which may improve the reading experience: https://www.learningapps.co.uk/moodle/xertetoolkits/play.php?template_id=1402