Alternative File Formats for D2L

D2L can create alternative file types that may be easier for you to access; these alternative files include readable text for screen readers, pictures with captions, and easy-to-navigate content. You can download these alternative formats anywhere that files are used.

  • OCR’d version (for scanned documents)
  • Tagged PDF (structured PDF to support assistive technology)
  • Semantic HTML (for viewing in a browser or on a mobile device)
  • Audio MP3 (for listening on supported devices)
  • ePub (for use on e-book readers or iPads)
  • Electronic braille (for use on electronic braille displays)
  • BeeLine Reader (enhanced version for easier and faster on-screen reading)
  • Translated version (machine translation of original document can be enabled)

For example, if you have a lot of course reading materials but you are an auditory learner or suffer from eye strain, you can choose to listen to an audio format of the file your instructor uploaded instead.  Or, if the content is not in your first language, you can select a translated version for many document types.  Simply choose the format or formats that best suit your learning needs!

Find Alternative Formats

To reach the alternate formats:

  1. Click the icon to the right of your course file; it will look like a Capital A with a down arrow.
    Indicates the Alternative Format icon next to a file title in the Content section of a D2L course.

  2. Select the desired format, then click Download.
    Identifies the menu of downloadable alternative formats and indicates the download button.

Which Format Should I Use?

Not sure what format to download? Let us help you decide. This table shows at-a-glance the best formats for your different needs.

Note: You might not see every alternative format in your list of choices to download. The format generated depend on the original content type.

Your Needs

Electronic braille



PDF, Tagged

HMTL, Semantic


Translated Version

BeeLine Reader

Adjust text, font, and background color

Adjust audio playback speed


Commuting, driving

Copy, paste, and search

Format adapts to device, responsive

Highlighting, note taking, and bookmarking

Mobile device


Prefer listening

Prefer reading


Text to speech with speed adjustment

Different language

Resources (NOTE: The Tool name is “Ally”)