Here are some of the changes made to make our Learning Management System (LMS) more accessible:
Link color contrast is set to meet WCAG AA standards for font contrast in any size font and AAA standard for fonts above size 18. If a user needs a larger font size ctrl/shift/+ (cmd/shift/+ on a Mac) will increase view size within the browser.
Body and header text has been set to use Verdana as a default. It is a sans-serif font, and has been selected because it allows users to distinguish between capital I and lowercase L.
Default font size has been increased to 105% for readability.
Ordered and Unordered lists have been adjusted to create more space between lines for users to improve readability.
We are using something called the Atto Editor by default. This contains several accessibility features. When a users embeds an image it prompts the user to enter descriptive text or select the option that a description is not necessary.
Embedding multimedia allows for additional upload of transcript/caption files. There are two buttons in the editor that will allow content creators to review content:
The first is an Accessibility Checker that will try to look for any problems in uploaded content; the second is a Screen Reader Helper that will identify what elements are on a page for screen readers to identify. This will help users make decisions about the consistency of their content.
When a user creates a table they are prompted to identify column or table headers and a table caption.
Because the LMS uses headers by default in course title pages and sections, the editor removes the standard numbering convention and uses, Large, Medium, Small for header designations. This will help content creators avoid skipping heading levels.
Default course setup compacts course pages into Topic view. Users can select the topic heading to get more details about what is in each unit. This means that users skipping through content using tabbed navigation have fewer items to skip when they are trying to get to a specific place in the course.
There is also a Skip to Content option for users who navigate this way.
Items that are not commonly used have been eliminated from the Navigation bar and from teacher menus.
Steps to navigate to content have been reduced by multiple clicks and page loads for multiple modules and processes.
There have been a number of features preset by default and then set to Advanced. This means that users would have to expand option menus to alter specific settings that are not commonly changed. This speeds up navigation for all users, especially those who used tabbed navigation.
All other accessibility features should be resolved through the use of the 287 Course Authoring Style Guide.