Allow wrap-around text for content items in a module

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Dear Canvas


Recently you updated the number of characters visible in the module main page.  Now all of my assignments are truncated and end with ....


Why would you do this?


Does this look informative to students?  Why is there so much white open and available space between my assignment name and the number of points it's worth?


Now, I heard it was to make things easier to read on phones and tablets.  Except it's not. Here's my tablet.  This is awesome.  Totally - I like being able to see 10 letters of an assignment.  And since you can't hover on a tablet, why have you done this?


I would like to know who, in their right mind, looked at this and said, yeah.... that looks great!


I would like to vote on increasing the display size of assignment names in the modules.  Whatever it was before was even too small.  So I don't know if this is a vote on increasing the allowable text letters, or if it increases the width of the pixels used in that category.  No, I don't use the app for Canvas because I don't like how it's set up or organized.  It looks entirely different than the web based version, nothing is indented and so on, so that's not a reasonable alternative request Canvas.






  Comments from Instructure


For more information, please read through the Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-08-27)

Community Contributor

Having just created some modules for the first time, I noticed how much of a module item is truncated. I Googled for an answer, thinking it might be an issue with our install CSS, but alas, it's baked in.

Google image search results for Canvas modules indicate that text wrap was available in the past:

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but not now:

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I am confident Instructure will fix the issue as this excessive truncation certainly compromises usability. Fingers crossed it's a timely fix!

Community Champion

Just a follow up to ask for an update.  Thanks!

Community Team
Community Team

Thank you for the poke  @Jeff_F ​

We're working to get an update on this one.

Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

Sorry for the delay with the update. I had two engineers look at this issue and after trying a couple things unsuccessfully, we are trying to work with other teams to find the expertise we need to make improvements here. I'm still hopeful that we will be able to fix the UI here.

Coach Emeritus

Thanks, Cosme! We all appreciate the check-in on this, even if not fixed.

Community Novice

Please make this a priority!

Community Contributor

Indeed - I don't think this should be viewed as a feature, but a user interface bug. I have teachers using Canvas for the first time and are somewhat disappointed that they can't use text headers in a module as an instructional item due to the excessive truncation. Creating a whole new page for the instruction sends students away from the modules area and leads to an already congested page index for them.

Community Novice

Please make this a priority!! 

Community Novice

Yep, thx. Much appreciated.

Community Contributor

It is two months short of a year since this bug was identified; we have yet to hear of what progress is being made. Could we have an update? This is affecting how courses are designed - I am instructing teachers to avoid putting instructions through module headers (the preferred way) and use a page instead, which is not preferred, as it separates the instruction from the instructional (module) items.