Make your Material and Media Accessible - Part 2

This Tech Tip continues the theme of making your online material accessible to all users. The following tips are taken from the W3C organization’s website. This organization provides information on web accessibility to the creators of material. This information will guide creators on how to make their information accessible to all persons utilizing online material.

Your course on Canvas is considered to be a web site, and therefore must meet accessibility standards. This week’s tech tip discusses the use of color in your web site.

W3C has created WCAG 2.0 Guidelines for material presented online. This means anything viewed electronically (a web page, a file such as a lecture handout, PowerPoint presentation, etc.) should conform to these Guidelines. Guideline 1.4 addresses the use of content that users would see and hear. W3C provides a web page that explains Essential Components of Web Accessibility. When you use Canvas, many of the tools meet these recommended components.

1.4.1 Use of Color

  • Color is not used as the only visual means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element.
  • A basic example: In the following handout, make sure you know all the terms in red font.
  • A colorblind person may not be able to distinguish the color red, and therefore be unable to detect the terms in red.
  • Instead, use the Styles section and create the terms using a specific style.

This video provides a fantastic overview of how to use Styles in Microsoft Word 2013