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FoxTALE Managing Resources: Accessibility Tips

Accessibility Tips

How to Make Course Content Accessible

Formatting tools in the FoxTALE text editor give you the ability to make your course site more accessible. These tools will organize content for all learners and provide special information for screen readers.

It is helpful to know that a screen reader reads from left to right, from the top to the bottom of a web page. In addition to reading text on the web page, the screen reader also reads code for headings, lists, and alternative text. If formatting tools are used when writing content in the text editor, those headings, bulleted lists, numbered lists, and alternative text will allow screen readers to provide verbal prompts that organize material for those who are listening.

  1. Enter any location that uses the FoxTALE text editor (e.g., Resource Description, Label, Forum posting, etc.)
  2. In the toolbar, click on the first icon, Show more buttons, to display all tools.
  3. Titles

    • Rather than customizing titles with font, size and color, highlight a title and click on the second icon, Paragraph Styles, in the toolbar. Select from the dropdown list a Heading. This begins to organize content into an outline. The heading number is read by the screen reader.
  4. Lists

    • Bulleted and numbered lists can be applied by highlighting text and clicking on the icon for either
      • Numbers, identified by screen readers as Ordered List (OL)
      • Bullets, identified by screen readers as Unordered List (UL)
    • When secondary lists are needed within a list, highlight the secondary content and click on the Indent icon in the toolbar
  5. Images

    When adding an image, you are prompted to Describe this image for someone who cannot see it. This is also known as alternative text. If the image is conveying a great deal of information, which cannot be included in the alternative text box, be sure to write a narrative that accompanies the image.

  6. Links

Links, or URLs, are read character-by-character by the screen reader. If the link has a name with no meaning, the listener may not be able to determine the nature of the content.  You can

  1. Write a name for the link that will clearly identify the content
  2. Highlight the link
  3. Click on the Link icon, which will produce a box where you can paste the actual URL.

All of these formatting techniques help to make the instructional content more meaningful, and quickly understood, for more learners.


Director of Digital Learning

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Gloria Doherty
Subjects: Digital Learning