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Canvas Accessibility: Headings

Headings are an essential part of designing digital content that is universally accessible.

For more general information about headings, view the Rice KB doc titled Headings & Semantic Structure.

Rich Content Editor

Creating heading levels is easy in the Canvas Rich Content Editor, which you’ll find in the following areas:

  • Announcements
  • Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Pages
  • Quizzes
  • Syllabus

In the Rich Content Editor, you’ll find a dropdown menu with four important formatting options:

  • Paragraph (normal text)
  • Header 2 (major section)
  • Header 3 (subsection)
  • Header 4 (minor section)
Canvas Rich Content Editor with expanded text formatting dropdown menu.

HTML Editor

Alternatively, toggle the HTML Editor button above the Rich Content Editor to create or edit heading tags and text directly in the editor. Toggle the Rich Content Editor button to return to the live preview.

Example:

Comparison of HTML (left column) and Rich Content (right column)
HTML Editor Rich Content Editor

<h2>Recipes</h2>

<p>Here are some simple recipes for people who do not like to cook.</p>

<h3>Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich</h3>

<ul>

<li>Peanut butter</li>

<li>Sliced bread</li>

<li>Jelly</li>

</ul>

<p>Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread, and jelly on the other, then put together</p>

<h3>Hard Boiled Egg</h3>

<p>…</p>

Recipes

Here are some simple recipes for people who do not like to cook.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

  • Peanut butter
  • Sliced bread
  • Jelly

Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread, and jelly on the other, then put together.

Hard Boiled Egg

Additional Resources




Keywords:accessibility, a11y, universal design, udl, headings, semantic structure, canvas,   Doc ID:93596
Owner:John W.Group:Rice University
Created:2019-08-05 16:38 CDTUpdated:2020-09-15 16:00 CDT
Sites:Rice University
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