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Alt Text "Decorative Image" Option in Rich Content Editor

Alt Text "Decorative Image" Option in Rich Content Editor

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

Alt Text Decorative Images Option in Rich Content Editor - For accessibility, instructors/developers should be able to check a checkbox so that Canvas automatically adds the double quotation marks as the ALT TEXT for a "decorative image." This option would allow for images that are not essential to students using screen reading software.  This will help to make Canvas more compliant with UDL/accessibility requirements.

Comments from Instructure

For more information, please read through the https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-13886 .

9 Comments
Community Member

I'm quite surprised that Canvas considers this a feature request and not a bug. Your own accessibility policy lists "Perceivable" content as the #1 feature on your accessibility template, saying "1.1.1 Non-text Content: All non-text content that is presented to the user has a text alternative that serves the equivalent purpose, except for the situations listed below. (Level A)." There is no exception listed for decorative images.

It is not reasonable to expect faculty members to switch into HTML mode in order to make a course site that is WCAG 2.0 compliant.

I know that Canvas has made a commitment to accessibility. If we want to help faculty create accessible course sites, it is crucial that we give them the tool they need to do it.

Thank you!

Community Member

I think it would be of mutual benefit to Canvas and my University to work towards meeting accessibility needs as best as we can. 

Even if there's no option, it'd be great if a blank alt text field added an alt="" tag to an image by default as a means of improving the accessibility of pages.

Community Member

It would also be imperative that once this functionality was added that it translated to ALLY and those with the tool weren't faulted for appropriately tagging decorative images.

Community Team
Community Team
This idea has been developed and is On Canvas Beta How do I access the Canvas beta environment?

For more information, please read through the Canvas Beta Release Notes (2017-12-18) .

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Community Team
This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas 

 

For more information, please read through the Canvas Production Release Notes (2018-01-06) .

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Community Team

holly.smythe@raritanval.edu Thank You  for submitting this idea, as well as, aphelpscoco@g.harvard.edu Thank You , zanca@g.harvard.edu Thank You , michael.mcgarry160@csuci.edu Thank You , kristi.oneilgonzalez@csuci.edu Thank You  for your contributions. Your investment in this idea helped refine a feature which is now part of Canvas! 

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Community Team

If you're following this idea, you'll probably also want to check out the Rich Content Editor: Decorative Image Checkbox section of the Canvas Beta Release Notes (2018-01-15) 

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Community Team