Accessibility Feature Requests

Document created by Christopher Phillips on Mar 12, 2019Last modified by Christopher Phillips on Nov 7, 2019
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I have always appreciated that Canvas takes accessibility seriously, as evidenced in their Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, community efforts and frequent mentions of accessibility in their release notes it is clear that accessibility of the product is a priority. 


That said, there are also lots of opportunities for additional features impacting students with disabilities to be developed. While you can find many of these ideas in the Canvas Studio searching for the #accessibility tag,  this document can hopefully be a resource to help organize and track some of those features. This document is open to anyone to edit so feel free to add any features that have been missed or leave a note in the comments. 


If you agree with any of the feature ideas below please take a minute to add your vote. Also, if you have ideas for additional features that have not been added please to add a new feature and add the link below! 


Accessibility Feature Request Resources

  1. How does the feature idea process work in the Canvas Community?
  2. Accessibility Group 
  3. Feature ideas tagged with accessibility, disability, or accommodation
  4. Canvas/ATHEN Accessibility Community (contact Terrill Thompson to join)


Features Sorted by Component

General Accessibility

  1. Tool to check Accessibility at the course level 
  2. Hyperlink Color Contrast 
  3. Font Variety 


  1. Provide a method to determine which courses are using New Quizzes 
  2. New Quizzes: Hiding Inaccessible Question Types 


  1. Default Alt-Text Entered Once 
  2. Spell check alt text 
  3. New RCE - LONGDESC 
  4. Image Accessibility 

Rich Text Editor

  1. Make Math Equation Editor Accessible 

Assistive Technology Support

  1. Provide official support for Kurzweil screen readers  

Font Size

  1. Default Font Adjustment for WYSIWYG Text Entry 
  2. User Controlled Font Size 


  1. Change to standardized video player controls 
  2. Captioning in Arc at the Bottom of the Video 
  3. Closed Caption editing in ARC 


  1. Add pinch-to-zoom function to Canvas mobile apps 


  1. Improve Student DocViewer Comment View/Accessibility 
  2. Reflow accessibility feature in the PDF viewer in Canvas Student App 


  1. Make Canvas Catalog Accessible 

Canvas Community

  1. Include captions (or transcripts) in videos in Canvas Community 

Completed Accessibility Features

  1. Always allow extra time for specific students (IEP, LEP, etc.) 
  2. Images – Easier Way to add ALT Text 
  3. Alt Text "Decorative Image" Option in Rich Content Editor 
  4. High Contrast Toggle 
  5. Change Color of Help Menu Font 
  6. Scroll bar tone 
  7. Ability to Moderate a Quizzes.Next Quiz Before a Student Accesses a Quiz 

Cold Storage -  Accessibility Features Not Implemented

  1. Incorporate Mathjax into the html editor
  2. Use MathJax for better client-side equations and better user experience and accessibility
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