Accessibility Feature Requests

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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 tft@uw.edu to join)

Features Sorted by Component

General Accessibility

  1. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/9958-tool-to-check-accessibility-at-the-course-level 
  2. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/11965-hyperlink-color-contrast 
  3. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/14329-font-variety 

Quizzes/Quizzes.Next

  1. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/14864-provide-a-method-to-determine-which-courses-are-using-ne... 
  2. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/14573-new-quizzes-hiding-inaccessible-question-types 

Images

  1. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/13105-default-alt-text-entered-once 
  2. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/13027-spell-check-alt-text 
  3. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/14480-new-rce-longdesc 
  4. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/14532-image-accessibility 

Rich Text Editor

  1. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/12274-make-math-equation-editor-accessible 

Assistive Technology Support

  1. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/9722-provide-official-support-for-kurzweil-screen-readers 

Font Size

  1. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/5694-default-font-adjustment-for-wysiwyg-text-entry 
  2. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/12835-user-controlled-font-size 

Video

  1. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/12752-change-to-standardized-video-player-controls 
  2. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/12296-captioning-in-arc-at-the-bottom-of-the-video 
  3. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/9626-closed-caption-editing-in-arc 

Mobile

  1. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/12711-add-pinch-to-zoom-function-to-canvas-mobile-apps 

Docviewer

  1. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/6272-improve-student-crocdoc-comment-viewaccessibility 
  2. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/13483-reflow-accessibility-feature-in-the-pdf-viewer-in-canvas... 

Catalog

  1. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/10227-make-canvas-catalog-accessible 

Canvas Community

  1. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/8749-include-captions-or-transcripts-in-videos-in-canvas-commu... 

Completed Accessibility Features

  1. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/2891-always-allow-extra-time-for-specific-students-iep-lep-etc 
  2. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/5912-images-easier-way-to-add-alt-text 
  3. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/9138-alt-text-decorative-image-option-in-rich-content-editor 
  4. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/10083-high-contrast-toggle 
  5. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/13650-change-color-of-help-menu-font 
  6. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/4870 
  7. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/13692-ability-to-moderate-a-quizzesnext-quiz-before-a-student-... 

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
2 Comments
Community Member

Excellent resource! Thanks for putting this together and getting the ball rolling...

Surveyor

Christopher, thank you for your leadership on these important issues.