Home » Teach Online » Online Course Accessibility Resources » Webcourses@UCF Page Accessibility Webcourses@UCF Page Accessibility Why Create Pages? Pages are the preferred format to present content in your online course since they have HTML code behind the scenes and can be opened quickly using any internet browser, do not require additional software in order to view them, and can be easily navigated by assistive technologies such as screen readers. Pages have a Rich Content Editor (RCE) that allows you to easily edit and format text. You may use the tools in the RCE to properly format your content (e.g., apply headings styles) to ensure that your course materials are accessible to all students. The RCE also allows you to easily embed multimedia elements (e.g., images, equations, videos) and includes built-in accessibility features, such as the ability to add alt text to images. Best Practices If you have a lot of content on one page, consider "chunking" or dividing the material into multiple documents. This creates more manageable "bite size pieces" for your students to absorb and requires less page scrolling. Consider adding action icons (e.g., Do This, Read This, Watch This, etc.) to your course pages to bring attention to a specific area of text or media. Follow the Formatting Checklist below (headings, lists, tables, etc.) to apply styles and add an invisible "tag" that identifies the different parts of your document. Changing the text font size and color does not apply the same "tag" as the formatting styles listed below. Options to Build Pages Accessibly There are a few options you may choose from to build accessible Pages in your course. Whichever option you choose, please be sure to review the Formatting Checklist below. Use the Webcourses@UCF Templater Tool. You may utilize the Templater tool to import content pages (e.g., Syllabus, Course Expectations, Module Overview) that are pre-formatted for accessibility. You can then use the rich content editor to modify the pages. If you copy/paste text from a Word document or another file type onto a template page, be sure to use the clear formatting tool in the rich content editor after pasting the text to remove any extraneous html code that is brought over. Create a new page and build from scratch. As mentioned above, if you copy/paste text from a Word document or another file type onto a page, be sure to use the clear formatting tool in the rich content editor after pasting the text to remove any extraneous html code that is brought over. Use the Import DOCX or HTML tool. The Import DOCX or HTML tool in Webcourses@UCF allows you to easily convert .docx, .pptx, and .html files to a Page in your course. Learn More Creating Accessible Headings Creating Accessible Hyperlinks Creating Accessible Lists Creating Accessible Tables Understanding Color Contrast Creating Accessible Equations Creating Accessible Images Creating Accessible Multimedia How to Build Pages Accessibly Follow the formatting checklist below to properly format content in Webcourses@UCF Pages. Applying the formatting styles below (headings, lists, tables, etc.) adds an invisible "tag" that identifies the different parts of your document. Changing the text font size and color does not apply the same "tag" as the formatting styles listed below. Formatting Checklist Apply heading styles to the page. Headings are required for screen readers to be able to read the document. Use tables appropriately (e.g., to display data, not for page layout) and apply column or row headings. Apply the appropriate list style to bulleted and/or numbered lists. Provide alternative text for all images in your document. Insert active hyperlinks for all URLs in your document. Check correct formatting guidelines if you use equations. Use bold or italic text to display emphasis. (Please do not use underlined words. Underlined text on a web page indicates hyperlinks.) Use colors appropriately and use high color contrast. To ensure accessibility, please do not use colors to indicate meaning (e.g., colored text or highlighted table rows and columns). How to Check if it is Accessible Use the Canvas Accessibility Checker to identify and fix accessibility issues as you edit and update content using the rich content editor. Use the Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool (UDOIT) to identify accessibility issues. You may find it helpful to filter the UDOIT scan and select one or two course areas to check at a time. Help If you need assistance with the process of creating and formatting pages in your online course, please contact Webcourses@UCF Support.