There are four(4) guidelines around text formatting for digital content:
Font color is discussed in the Color Contrast section.
Headings and lists give structure to the content presented digitally. Screen readers rely on headings and lists to communicate the structure of the content to the user.
Like reading a book or an article, headings let you know what that section of narrative is about and where the focus of the narrative may change within the text.
Lists let the reader
Using the built in formatting tools in Canvas, Word, PowerPoint, and other programs ensures that the headers and lists can be properly identified by screen readers and anyone reading the documents.
The images below illustrate the Canvas tools in the Rich Text Editor for creating headers and lists.
Properly formatting font is extremely important, particularly for individuals with varying degrees of visual acuity.
Properly formatted text will resize on a screen making it easy for everyone to read it on any device sizes such as iPads, cell phones, and laptop screens.
Common tips for font formatting include:
The Canvas default font is Open Sans. It is not possible within the Rich Text Editor to change the default Canvas font.
The default font size is 14pt. The image below illustrates the font size options within the Canvas Rich Text Editor.
Bold and Italic can be used to place emphasis on text when necessary.
True text simply refers to the composition of words and sentences using appropriate characters (text, punctuation, characters, symbols).
Occasionally, particularly in PDF documents, the "text" that appears on the page is actually a scanned image of text. This is problematic because images of text cannot be
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Note that you can select a specific word or multiple words in the sentence above.
Note that you cannot select words in the sentence above.