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Document Conversion

Instructional and other informational materials may exist in a variety of formats that prevent a student with a print-based disability from engaging and interacting with the information. While colleges should strive to adopt instructional materials that are accessible, it is necessary for colleges to develop document conversion strategies to produce materials in alternate formats. Common formats most often seen on campuses include:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Text-based PDFs
  • HTML
  • ePub
  • Kurzweil
  • Audio formats (e.g., MP3, MP4, etc.)

Optical Character Recognition

Documents that exist as a scanned image or a picture of text must undergo optical character recognition (OCR) In order to convert the scanned image of text into actual electronic text. Such OCR programs can turn image files into documents that can then be further edited for improved accuracy.

OmniPage and Abbyy Finereader are two OCR solutions used by many colleges that support the conversion of scanned and image-based file types into text-based formats.


Abbyy FineReader