I am trying to make an APA citation accessible, error message title is too long. Is there a way to fix this, tried to play around with paragraph styles but could not fix it.
Cindy Walker, I'm not sure what you mean by making it accessible, but in general Canvas isn't a great place for this type of formatting. If I'm doing or trying to have my students do true APA style I'll have them do it in an actual document (Google Doc or Word) and upload it to Canvas. Yet, I'm not an English or writing teacher so manybe someone else will chime in with some recommendations.
Cindy, I'd also like to hear more about your question. How and where are you creating the APA citations, in what program are you seeing that error message (I've never seen that in Canvas--is it when you're creating the URL?), and in what sense is the result not accessible? Are the citations not being recognized by screen readers? Please elaborate on what you're doing--screenshots of your citations along with your HTML would help--so that we know what kind of help to pull in.
Like Stefanie Sanders, I would like to hear more, because I also do not understand what error message you are seeing. However, here are some general tips if you are doing this on a Canvas page:
I wanted to show you bad and good examples, but Jive (the Community Platform) always converts link to smart links. Lets try a made up example:
When we get more info, we will try to provide a more targeted response.
Thank you, I will try this.
Cindy L. Walker, Psy.D.
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Hi Cindy Walker , and everybody else who has responded to this thread!
I am revisiting this because while researching accessibility and APA citation format (and every other of the major "style guides" out there), I discovered a very aggravating discussion in the WebAIM e-Mail List Archives on this very topic
The style guides, including APA, require the URL and do not accept the use of a logically discernible text with the link embedded in the text. In that discussion, the most frequently used and most specious and hidebound argument is that APA has been around more than 100 years, and trumps any silly accessibility standards! The preferred format is doable in Canvas, but that is not my point.
My point is that 100 years ago, all documents were on paper. 100 years ago the few paved sidewalks also did not include curb-cuts. Document format and media have changed a tad bit in the last 100 years.
While I recognize the need to teach APA citation, and depending on the industry other style guides and other formatting rules, if our students ever hope to get published by what is clearly a dinosaur industry; it is for me equally important that when I am documenting electronically, that documentation must be accessible to all users!
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