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Allow wrap-around text for content items in a module

Allow wrap-around text for content items in a module

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  Idea will be open for vote Wed. July 1, 2015 - Wed. October 7, 2015  Learn more about voting...

 

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?

 

http://puu.sh/ipNcq.png

 

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!

 

http://puu.sh/ipNmy.png

 

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.

 

Thanks

 

April

 

  Comments from Instructure

 

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

86 Comments
sadenniston
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:

Screen Shot 2015-11-21 at 6.29.53 PM.png

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

Jeff_F
Community Champion

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

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Thank you for the poke  @Jeff_F ​

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

csalazar
Instructure
Instructure

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.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

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

timallen
Community Member

Please make this a priority!

sadenniston
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.

boodym
Community Member

Please make this a priority!! 

martyn_nash
Community Member

Yep, thx. Much appreciated.

sadenniston
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.

orwinr
Community Champion

My team and I are with Tim on this one. We are in the process of redesigning our course templates and were looking to use the "Text Headers" in the module to describe specific pieces of content. We were quite disappointed to find that the headers don't wrap. Yes, there is a tool tip when you mouse over but for us that just doesn't cut it. Please make this a priority.

allison
Instructure
Instructure

Hello all,

I've been working with our awesome Design team to see if there's a way to improve not just the character limit but also the font size in modules. Here is our first go at a possible change. What we've done here is increase the "row height" of each module item and put some of the relevant information on a second line. What do you think of this approach? Upsides? Downsides?

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orwinr
Community Champion

Thanks for continuing to work on this Allyson. This screenshot actually appears to be the assignments page that is showing the second line of information. In the modules area, would each module item show this information pulled directly from the assignment as it shows here? If there isn't additional information, like in a text header, will the second line automatically collapse? To me, it is the character limit that is most important at this point. The ability for text headers to wrap is key! The second line is just a bonus 🙂 Thanks again for working on a solution!

sadenniston
Community Contributor

Relevant information on the second line is much better in my opinion - it ties the information to the item much more tightly.

As Randy stated, the ability to wrap is the key rather than using the space that is currently taken up by the relevant information. Wrapping with no limits makes text headers more meaningful and would shift the modules space from what is now essentially a work unit index.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Is this how it would look on Modules (not assignments)? Regardless, I like the second line, especially if it gives us more room on the top line!

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

Deactivated user​, I too would like to see how this will look on the Modules view, and am looking forward to being able to put more detailed information in text headers without having them truncated. I am hopeful that this critical part of the original feature idea is being addressed.

BKINNEY
Community Contributor

I like it. To, me, it looks like plenty of space for a title, but I have a couple of biases: first, I personally think titles should be kept short, for variety of reasons. I know lots of people disagree, and I've seen many, many a file on faculty hard-drives with what I consider unreasonably long names. In keeping with that practice, it's no surprise to me that many here want unlimited space for their module titles. My other bias is that I avoid using mobile devices, and especially avoid the Canvas App, when trying to get anything done. In fact, I like to have dual monitors, so that I can fill an entire monitor with my browser, and still have screen real estate left for other programs. So, when I look at a Module listing, I see a longer line than many others would. On a small screen, I can easily imagine that a single line would be insufficient space for the type of titles I routinely see when working with faculty.

Bottom line, I like what you have done, but I don't see the harm in allowing titles to wrap. People like me, who would rather have short, neat menus will keep their titles within a single line, and those who feel the need to turn their titles into mini-abstracts can do so. Is there a technical reason why the design team is so resistant to line wrapping? If not, then I don't see why individual course owners can't decide for themselves how long their page titles should be. So what if it makes their menus ugly and forces their students to have to scroll a lot? Those are tradeoffs an instructor makes, and Instructure should not be dictating them.

chofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

I like how you've included some relevant information about the assignment underneath the title.  Like others have already posted, would this same view of items carry over to the "Modules" page, too?  This is maybe minor, but my one concern with increasing the "row height" is that you've now increased the overall length of the page (even if it is a bit more scrolling).  I think would be a reason why many of us would like to see this Feature Idea implemented:

govreacl
Community Contributor

Suggest also wrapping assignment title in the gradebook.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi  @govreacl ​.

There are many places in Canvas in which wrapping should be included, and the Gradebook is definitely one of those places. Since new or additional ideas cannot be piggybacked onto existing ideas, I suggest you create  a new feature idea for this.

Learn how to create feature ideas at @How do I create a new feature idea?

I hope this helps,

KLM

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