Use the Canvas Accessibility Checker

Last updated on December 15, 2021

The Accessibility Checker is a tool within Canvas that can assess the accessibility of content created in the Rich Content Editor. This guide will show you how to use the Accessibility Checker as well as the gaps in the assessment.


Using the Accessibility Checker

  1. Click the Accessibility Icon below the right corner of the rich content editor.
  2. Follow the Steps to make the suggested changes.
  3. Click the Question Mark Icon for more information about how to resolve the issues.
    • Issues include:
      • Contrast
      • File names as alt text
      • Missing captions

What the Accessibility Checker Misses

  1. Structure: The Accessibility Checker will not catch disorganized content or content lacking headings and other text structures.
  2. Inaccessible Alt Text: The Accessibility Checker will not assess alt text; it only catches missing alt text or file names as alt text.
  3. Missing Transcripts: The Accessibility Checker will not identify a lack of transcripts for audio files.

Bottom Line

The Accessibility Checker is a great tool to quickly assess your content in Canvas. However, we as content creators, still need to assess all material to ensure full accessibility. For more assistance with determining accessibility, reference the Instructional Accessibility Guides.