Accessible Documents

How to create accessible content in Canvas

  • Canvas files should be organized for effective storage and browsing (e.g., Week 1, Week 2).
  • Label files with category and descriptive words for easy sourcing (e.g., Week 1 – course outline).
  • Media content that is uploaded to Canvas must be made available in alternative formats (e.g. audio and video files must be captioned and/or transcribed).
  • Provide text description in hyperlinks used for web pages instead of inserting raw URL links.
  • When embedding an image, including an image of text, prompts in the rich content editor will ask for an alternative text (‘alt text’) description. Alternative text succinctly conveys information describing the image. Web browsers display alt text while pictures load or if images are missing. Screen readers also use alt text to provide an auditory description of an image. Alternative text can also be added to an image in HTML view.
  • When posting a link using the text editor, type the description, highlight the text, then look for and click on the "chain link" icon in the text editor toolbar. When the window opens, paste the URL, and click "Insert Link".
  • Ensure there is sufficient contrast between text and background.
  • Avoid using coloured text alone. Combine colour with another typographic feature such as bold text or quotation marks.
  • Consult the Canvas Design Guides for additional accessible guidelines
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