HTML Editor - Accessibility Checker

An accessibility checker is now available within the HTML Editor for use within Content, Widgets, Quizzes, Assignments, Calendar, and any other tools where an instructor or student can access the HTML Editor.

The accessibility checker is available on the HTML Editor bar. After you add content to the HTML Editor, you can click the checker to ensure that the HTML page conforms to WCAG and Section 508 accessibility standards.

Click the accessibility checker to verify that the content you have added to the HTML Editor conforms to accessibility standards.

The accessibility checker reviews content for the following items:

  • Use of paragraphs as headings
  • Sequential headings
  • Adjacent links
  • Ordered list structure
  • Unordered list structure
  • Contact ratio of text to background colors
  • Image ALT text
  • ALT text filename
  • Table Caption
  • Complex table summary
  • Table caption and summary
  • Table heading scope, markup and headers

Figure 1

Shows Accessibility Checker

The checker indicates if there are no issues (as indicated in Figure 1 above; there were no issues detected with this link).

Figure 2

Shows correction needed to make text accessible.

If the accessibility checker finds an issue, it indicates how the content does not meet guidelines and suggests a way to fix the issue (as shown above in Figure 2).

NOTE: The accessibility checker does not check multiple files at once, and does not check files that you have imported into a course.  Also, be aware that the accessibility checker is only available for HTML files in the HTML Editor; it does not check any other type of file, such as MS Word, PDF, PowerPoint, and so on.  This feature implements PIE item D3094.