Accessibility Checker Tool

This guide pertains to Ultra Course View.

If your course is in Original Course View, see the Original Course View tutorial collection.


Overview of the Ultra Accessibility Checker 

Accessible content ensures inclusivity and meaningful engagement for diverse learners. To create accessible content in your Ultra Documents, you can use the Ultra Accessibility Checker. 

The Ultra Accessibility Checker scans content in the content editor for Ultra Documents to identify accessibility issues. It offers explanations about these issues and provides solutions to make your content more accessible.

Instructor view - Ultra Document content editor with Score Gauge indicator


Understanding How It Works

The Score Gauge indicator displays on the top right corner of an Ultra Documents page when you are in Edit mode of an Ultra Document. Clicking on the Score Gauge opens an Instructor Feedback panel that provides suggestions on how to fix accessibility issues identified.  The Score Gauge is a score out of 100 that ranges from low to perfect. Clicking on the Score Gauge provides details on accessibility issues found, explains why they matter, and gives quick-fix guidance to resolve.

The Score Gauge displays only while an instructor is actively creating or editing content in the content editor for the Ultra Document. The Ultra Accessibility Checker does not provide any additional checking or guidance for files, reporting, or alternative formats.

Instructor View - Score Gauge and suggestions for fixing accessibility issues


Applying Accessibility Feedback

Once the Ultra Accessibility Checker has scanned your content and given a score, you can address the issues flagged. Issues that will be scanned for include:

  • Text with insufficient contrast
  • Heading order
  • Image without a description
  • Image with redundant descriptions
  • Tables without headers
  • Tables with empty headers

The functionality guides you through one global issue at a time. For example, it will flag all instances of text with insufficient contrast in your document – focusing your attention to correct the issue.

The issue flagged is listed below the accessibility score in the Instructor Feedback panel. Select the What This Means button for a brief explanation of the issue and why it is significant.  For example, if the issue listed is “This item contains text with insufficient contrast”, selecting What This Means will give a short explanation of what color contrast is and why using sufficient contrast is important.

More importantly, the Ultra Accessibility Checker offers quick fixes to the issues highlighted. In this case, the feedback panel offers several color choices that would correct the contrast issue. Select a corrected color for each instance that needs correcting. As you correct issues, the Score Gauge’s live score adjusts. 

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