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D2L Accessibility - Features for Low Vision Users

Learn about the features of D2L designed for low vision users.

Some design decisions benefit users with vision impairments who use screen magnifiers, zoom, and color contrast functionality.

  • Standard page designs provide similar functionality located in the same place and accessed in the same way.
  • Support for browser and assistive technology scaling and contrast options. System content uses styles that you can overwrite using cascading style sheets (CSS); however, the complexity of the system requires detailed style sheets.
  • The keyboard provides a fully accessible experience. The tab order is logical and the tab focus is visually distinctive.
  • Code is compliant to accessibility standards. If your screen magnifier supports basic screen reader features, such as reading the cursor location or navigating by links, you can use these features effectively.
  • Account settings that enable you to simplify the layout of many tools. There are specific settings related to accessibility, including system font and font size, the option to change modal dialogs to windows, and the option to turn off the HTML Editor.
  • System information is not communicated only by color.
  • All pages meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA requirements for color contrast (with the exception of user-generated content).

Using a magnifier and zoom functionality

In some cases, users who have difficulty reading online and users with fine motor skills difficulty use magnifiers and zoom functionality to increase the target for selectable content such as links, icons, and form fields. 

To increase the size of content in Brightspace:

  • Use the Account Settings tool to increase the system font size. This increases system fonts only, not icons, other graphics, or user-created content.
  • Use an assistive technology or browser that supports zooming in. This increases the magnification of the entire page. This option works well in the Brightspace Learning Environment as images and navigation panels resize well. Note that legacy navbars are not magnified reliably.
  • Use a screen magnifier to magnify a portion of the page, such as the area around the cursor. Many users prefer screen magnifiers because they preserve the layout of the page, but allow you to focus on the content in a specific area.
  • If you are using equation built with Equation Editor, Double-click on inline equations to view them at a larger size.




Keywords:d2l d2l@uwm learn@uw learnuw luw brightspace desire2learn accessibility accessible features vision low student instructor   Doc ID:66280
Owner:David D.Group:UW-Milwaukee Help Desk
Created:2016-08-18 22:52 CDTUpdated:2017-08-28 12:23 CDT
Sites:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, UW-Milwaukee Help Desk
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