Take Advantage of Canvas’ Accessibility Checker
The Rich Content Editor includes an accessibility tool that checks common accessibility errors *within the editor*. This tool can help you design course content while considering accessibility attributes and is located in the Rich Content Editor (RCE).
- Select the Accessibility Icon (it looks like Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man).
- You will receive a message letting you know if your content has any accessibility issues.
- Make adjustments if necessary.
- Use Heading HTML Tags ( h1, h2, etc.) in the RCE. Screen readers use them to navigate more quickly between multiple subjects on a page as well as the title of the page. For example; if you use the <h1> tag for your title, and you have a long entry, you can use the smaller heading tags to signal; a subject change, a later date in the timeline, a second set of questions, a discussion section, a help section, a set of links, etc.
- Alternative (ALT) text: you should add a description of a photo if the information it contains has meaning for the course/page/content. Screen readers will read aloud the alt text so users can get the meaning of the image or info-graphic! If it is merely a decorative image, you can select the decorative image toggle in options and the screen reader will pass it by (which makes navigating easier).
- Grid/Tables: Try to stay away from the grid unless necessary. Screen readers have a hard time translating the content in them. If you need tables to display important information, include a caption describing the content, or write out the information below the table (use your words!).
For more information regarding the accessibility checker, visit: The Canvas Community
For more information on Accessibility, visit: WebAIM.org
Simple internet search: “Accessibility in Canvas”