Hi again Accessibility Community!
We're pleased to share that we have published a VPAT dedicated to the Canvas Student and Canvas Teacher native mobile apps: https://www.instructure.com/canvas-student-app-and-canvas-teacher-app-voluntary-product-accessibility-template-vpat
This represents the first time that the Mobile apps have received a formal VPAT, though they have been developed to high accessibility standards for a number of years. We hope you find it useful.
Thank you for you continued engagement and partnership with us in accessibility!
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This release is focused on improving the user experience. Cidi Labs contributed most of the code for this release in response to requests from their customers, and we are extremely grateful for this contribution. If you are attending CanvasCon next week, please visit them at their virtual booth! Now, on to the changes. The first one you will notice is that the Content and Scan for lists have been moved into an accordion widget titled Scanning Options. The widget is positioned above the Scan This Course button in order to closely follow the layout of previous versions of UDOIT. The New UDOIT Home Screen When the scan is complete, the Welcome to UDOIT! and Scanning Options boxes will collapse, conserving vertical space. Screenshot showing how the interface collapses after a scan The report view has changed significantly. Each section of the course where errors or suggestions were found will be listed on the left side. The section selected when the scan completes is the Summary, which allows the user to show or hide all errors or suggestions or individual errors or suggestions in the report. Screenshot showing the report filtering interface with some errors hidden Selecting the Pages item in the left menu shows the portion of the report related to Pages. The interface should be familiar from this point on. Screenshot of the Pages section of the report The Unscannable Files section now detects more types of unscannable files. These file types are customizable, so you can add to or remove from to the defaults if you so desire. Screenshot of the new file types added to the Unscannable Files section Upgrade Instructions Download UDOIT version 2.7.0 Test in a development or QA environment, not on production. If you are still using PHP 7.1 or below, you must upgrade to 7.2 or 7.3. If you're coming from a version older than 2.6.3: (Self-Hosted) Update your localConfig.php file to make sure it's up to date with localConfig.template.php (Heroku-Hosted) Update your Config Vars to include the new variables back up your database and run "php composer.phar migrate" Run "php composer.phar install" (Heroku-Hosted) Follow the instructions in HEROKU.md Features Added Added ability to filter the report by error/suggestion type and view a single content section at a time. Thanks Cidi Labs! #498 Reworked the the way unlisted/private/deleted YouTube/Vimeo videos are handled. Now they show up in their own Suggestion instead of being marked for manual inspection in other Errors or Suggesions. #547 Added documentation for which folders need to be writeable by your webserver #548 Updated Quail to support all types of table structures #488 Unscannable File extensions are now configurable #474 Bugs Fixed Fixed a memory usage issue with the Most Common Errors report in the Admin Panel #502 Cleaned up some old YouTube-related code from lib/UdoitUtils.php #491 Fixed issue where tables with <p> tags in them prevent U FIX IT from working #488 Large images no longer break out of the bounds of the preview pane. #451 Floated images no longer float out of the bounds of the preview pane. #449 Side note: I tried to add proper headings to this post, but this software does not allow heading tags. If you have any issues navigating the content of this post, please let me know.
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Hi all. So, if you are/have attended InstructureCon 2018 and were able to attend the "Y'all Do It: Crowdsourcing Development of UDOIT" presentation, you already know about the UDOIT User Guide and about how you can contribute to it. For the rest of y'all, here is what you missed. What is UDOIT? For those who don't yet know, UDOIT is an automated accessibility auditing tool for Canvas courses that was developed by University of Central Florida as part of a Canvas Grant. To learn more about UDOIT, explore the following links: UDOIT Information UCF's UDOIT information page Below is UCF's video overview of UDOIT: Note: Whenever you're installing an initial or new version of UDOIT into Canvas, PLEASE install it to a test instance and make sure it works before installing it to your production instance. During the intial writing of this post, Clemson had the latest version installed on our test instance, but, because we had not been able to get it to work, it had not touched our production instance and the faculty were none the wiser. Why Do You Or Why Does UDOIT Need a Guide? If you or your faculty aren't really familiar with the rules or expectations of digital accessibility, you need a guide. Automated accessibility auditing tools are thought to only catch about 25% of accessibility issues, and UDOIT is no different. There are some things that UDOIT will flag that aren't accessibility issues and then there are some accessibility issues that won't be flagged. For example, in early versions of UDOIT, all color contrast error reports were based on the assumption that the text was on a white background. If the text was not on a white background, some text colors that would be accessible on white but not accessible on the actual background color would not be flagged, and text colors that were not accessible on white backgrounds but were accessible on the actual background color would be flagged. Knowing when you should address or ignore a UDOIT report is important. How Can You Get A Copy Of The Guide? This guide is available in Canvas Commons with a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-Alike license. Because Canvas Commons doesn't give me a way to track who and how many of your are downloading the guide, please let me know you've downloaded it through a comment in Canvas Commons or here. Jacob and Karen have also expressed that they'd love to know when you've downloaded UDOIT too. So, when you do that, please leave a comment on Github or in Canvas Community (the UDOIT Information page would be a great). Also, after you've tried the UDOIT User Guide, feel free to leave feedback here or in Canvas Commons as well! If your feedback includes questions, please post them here instead of Commons as Commons won't allow me to reply to comments. To access the User Guide, you must first be logged into Canvas. After you've logged in, follow this link: UDOIT User Guide in Canvas Commons For those who cannot access Canvas Commons, I have attached a .imscc zip file. You'll need to follow How do I import a Canvas course export package? directions to upload it to your Canvas instance. To see an Overview of this guide, watch this UDOIT User Guide (v1, 2017) video overview. What Can You Expect In The Next Version? We're hoping to update the UDOIT User Guide after 2.4.1 or 2.5.1 is released (which is slated to happen this year). If we're able to do so (see earlier note), you can look forward to the following: Updated information (duh) Updated, cleaner look with (hopefully) simpler code. Tips for using UDOIT alongside Canvas's built-in auditing tool. Possibly other features suggested by YOU!
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Hello accessibility community!
Today we updated the Canvas supported Screen Reader and Browser combinations to include NVDA and JAWS with Chrome in Windows, in addition to the current support for Firefox in Windows. You can find that update in the guide to Canvas accessibility standards.
Canvas is designed so that screen reader users can confidently utilize their preferred screen reader and browser. However, the variety of browser and screen reader combinations means that only the listed combinations are tested and confirmed to work well in Canvas.
We hope that this update gives even greater confidence to screen reader users who prefer Chrome as their browser!
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