As a product manager at Canvas, I am impressed by the dedication to creating accessible experiences that our designers and engineers craft every day. That's why I'm excited about our most recent update, DocViewer.
In late May we released DocViewer in Free-for-Teacher (FFT) and Beta environments, with minimal accessibility included, similar to what one would see in all other document viewing and annotation applications. This release enabled us to get feedback and receive any bug reports before transitioning to Canvas production.
On Friday, June 16, DocViewer released improved accessibility functionality that enables students to access annotations and comments with a screen reader, including information about the annotation type, author name, comment, and any reply comments at the end of the document. This release makes Canvas the first accessible annotation and document viewing service available.
The release of this functionality is only the first step of a larger goal to create an exceptional feedback experience that is accessible for all Canvas users. DocViewer will continue to improve with in-document annotations and accessible author-created annotations as next steps.
I look forward to reading your suggestions and feedback as we build these accessible experiences. Together we are ensuring that the right to learn is available for all.
Kate has been crafting online products for the past 10 years for companies including the New York Times, MTV and the Huffington Post. She has a background in design that makes her especially conscious of aesthetics and usability. Kate has won awards in several application development events, such as 3rd place in Best Overall App at New York City’s Big Apps Competition and the Winning Hack at the New York Times’ Open Times Hackathon. Last year she was invited to be a guest at both Spark Camp Design and Foo Camp put on by O’Reilly Books. Outside of work, you’ll find Kate walking her beloved terrier, Jubilee.