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Digital accessibility guide

Explore how to create, design and structure your content to ensure that is is accessible to your students.

Review and fix accessibility issues

  1. Select the accessibility indicator to the right of the file to open the feedback panel. The feedback panel opens in an overlay on the Moodle module.
    • The left panel displays the file with areas highlighted in red and numbered that need action to improve accessibility. The panel on the right contains guidance on how to improve the file.
  2. Open the original file on your computer/OneDrive.
    • If you don't have the original file you can select the download icon from the top of the feedback panel.
  3. Select the link to All issues from the panel on the right to review all issues and decide which one to work on first.
  4. Work through the guidance in the panel on the right to improve your file.
    • You can use the up and down arrow from the top of the left panel to move between related accessibility issues.
  5. Once your file has been updated, save it.
  6. Re-upload the file using the drop file/upload field in the panel on the right. This will update your score.
  7. Select the X on the top right to close the feedback panel and to return to your Moodle module.Ally feedback panel

Screencast: Review and fix accessibility issues

Disable alternative formats

You may wish to consider disabling the alternative format for a specific file if:

  • the alternative format(s) is known to be incorrect.
  • reviewing the content in a different format may reveal the answer to an activity that students are required to undertake while studying the content.
  1. Select alternative formats from the icon alongside the accessibility score indicator that appears next to the file resource. 

    Alternative format download button next to a PDF file resource on Moodle

  2. Select the down arrow that appears on the download alternative formats overlay window. Select Disable alternative formats for this file.

    The disable alternative formats option from the down arrow on the alternative format download window

  3. Select the x icon on the top right of the overlay to return to the module page.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for any other files for which you want to disable alternative formats.

When students select the alternative format icon to download the content in a different format they will receive a message that The alternative formats for this file have been disabled.

Re-enable alternative formats for a file

You can re-enable alternative formats if required.

  1. Select the alternative formats icon alongside the file.
  2. An overlay will display. Select the Enable for this file button.

    Enable for this file button selected

  3. The alternative formats will display. Select the x in the top right to close the overlay and return to the module page.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for each file where you want to re-enable alternative formats.

Ally & HTML content

 Ally provides an accessibility score above the text editor as you are writing content and will identify if you have missed a heading level. Select the score to identify the issue and then you can takes steps to remediate the content.

Ally accessibility score displaying 99% when editing a section summary page

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