Audio files in MP3 are great for people who want to read whilst on the move. MP3 files can also be used as an accommodation for people with blindness, low vision, or dyslexia. Furthermore, MP3 files can be used by mainstream users such as flexible learners and foreign-language learners to support learning. MP3 is a format that is well-known to users and most users will have some kind of device that is capable of playing back MP audio files, e.g., their smartphone.
SensusAccess can convert a wide range of document types into MP3. For some languages, SensusAccess offers several voice alternatives. When converting into MP3, the selected language of the speech synthesiser must match the natural language of the document.
In addition to selecting language, users can request the reading speed to be faster or slower. Many users with visual impairments prefer to increase the reading speed whereas as users with reading issues or language issues often prefer a slower reading speed. SensusAccess offers three faster reading speeds (fast, faster, fastest) and three slower reading speeds (slow, slower, slowest).
The MP3 audio conversion features of SensusAccess are further explained in Module 3 of the SensusAccess e-learning course (opens new page).