Common Link Errors in Canvas

Links should have descriptive titles describing where they are sending students. Screen readers allow users to pull a list of links from a page. If the pages have meaningful names, they can find exactly the link they need without referring to the surrounding text. Here are some elements to be aware of:

  • Hypertext links should be meaningful to give the student an understanding what they will see when they click on the link. Meaningful text should not include “click here” such as “Click here to go to the reading”, simplifying to “Reading Assignment” will be more efficient for most students, and preference would be to provide more specific text such as “Additional resources can be found at Shawn Jordisons Instructional guide section. ”
  • Hypertext address should not be used as the text for the link, as screen readers can default to reading it one character at a time, which strips it from any meaning in the text.
  • Non-hypertext elements should refrain from using underlines as they can confuse sighted students who expect underlined text to be a link. Use of bold or italics text decoration for emphasis are recommended.

Actual Errors

To add in accessible Links to a Canvas page, follow these steps:

Ensure your in edit mode

Select the edit button in the top right of the page.
Select Edit Button in top right corner of the page

Select the text you would like to make a hyperlink

Ensure the link text select avoids “click here” and other vague terms. Use clear and concise links.

Ensure the link text select avoids "click here" and other vague terms. Use clear and concise links.

Alternate method to add accessible links

To add a title to links and force users to open a new window when they select the link, use the “CONTROL K” method. By pressing the control key, and the letter K when selecting text – it will allow you to directly edit links.

Using CNTRL K to insert links on a canvas page.

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