HTML Editor for Global Announcements Posted to the Dashboard

Idea created by chofer@morainepark.edu Champion on Apr 2, 2015
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    From time to time, we use the Administrative Pages of Canvas to create global announcements (via Settings >> Announcements tab) that get posted to the Dashboard.  Our announcements could include things like links to Canvas Guides, other websites, and/or videos (ex: YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).  It would be nice if we had access to edit HTML in these announcements.  However, after chatting with Canvas technical support (Ticket #1455096), one of the main reasons for not having the HTML editor is:

     

    "It looks like the HTML mode is intentionally missing from the Global Announcements tab due to administrators using them in such a way that it causes problems in their settings tabs of their accounts. The guides in fact show the Global Announcements without HTML editor mode." (Jesse Poulos -- Canvas Tech Support)

     

    Our use case: When creating a Global Announcement that has a link to an Instructure domain (like the Canvas Guides), those links open up in the same tab/window...essentially taking you out of the Canvas interface.  Links created in Global Announcements that go to other sites like Google, Yahoo, CNN, etc. open up in a new tab/window automatically.  As a work-around, for those links with Instructure domains, I've had to use a URL shortening service (ex: Bit.ly) to make a short URL for my links so I can "trick" Canvas into thinking it's not an Instructure domain.  This is an extra step that could be eliminated by having all links (no matter what their domain) open in a new tab/window.  Or, at least could we have the option to choose whether or not we want any link to open in a new tab/window or not?