Note: The Accessibility Checker is a third party add-on for the Rich Text Editor. While it is open source software, the licensing guidelines do not allow it to come packaged with Sakai. If your institution has installed this add-on, the features described below will be available. If you do not see the Accessibility Checker icon, that means that your institution has not installed this add-on.
You can use the Accessibility Checker to inspect the accessibility level of content created in the Rich Text Editor and immediately solve any issues that are found.
The Accessibility Checker presents issues with each item in the editor one at a time. For many issues, the Accessibility Checker gives you a Quick fix option. If a Quick fix is not available, the checker will describe what needs to be done to fix the issue.
The Accessibility Checker button looks like a human inside a dark-gray circle.
The accessibility checker has multiple Quick fix options to correct accessibility issues. Below are a few of the most commonly used ones.
Structuring your document with paragraph headings helps users of assistive technology navigate the page and "skim" content to get to what they need.
Users of screen readers cannot read tables the same way sighted users do. Sighted users can tell at a glance what column and row a given cell is associated with, but a screen reader user needs a table to include appropriate headers and captions so that they can match up content in columns and rows.
Sometimes the accessibility checker cannot provide a Quick fix because the suggested fix requires editing your text. For example, if you have a list of items that has been created by typing "1), 2), 3)" rather than using the Numbered List button, the accessibility checker will warn you that you need to select the text and make it into a real numbered list, so that users of assistive technology can navigate it more easily.