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Is my course ADA/WCAG compliant?
Is my course ADA/WCAG compliant?

How to build your courses to be accessible to everyone.

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Written by Laurie Garcia
Updated over a week ago

For administrators, editors, and teachers

Pathwright aims to be fully ADA/WCAG compliant and we are always actively working toward that goal. As an administrator, course editor, or teacher adding content to your courses, the choices you make in your school's content and design will also help determine your school's level of ADA compliance.

How to build your courses with accessibility in mind

Use Alternative Text

By using the Alternative Text box in our Media Manager, you can give a description of your images, allowing your visually impaired learners to experience your full content as they listen to the alt text read aloud. To add alternative text, hover over any image in the Media Manager. Click on the "Manage image" button that appears on the bottom of the image to open the alt text box, and enter your description.

Be sure to use descriptive language that will clearly communicate any information the image conveys. You do not need to use alternative text for images that are purely decorative.

Choose your colors and fonts carefully

The colors you choose for your school courses can affect readability for those with visual impairments. Use clear fonts in colors that have a strong contrast to your background colors.

We have licensed Freight Text, a neutral, modern serif font, for all text blocks. It features larger openings and no extreme thick or thin areas, which adds up to a highly readable all-occasions font at any size.

The user is able to resize their screen on any device to increase font size and the interface will automatically adapt when the screen or browser is resized.

Consistent use of text headings makes your readings easier to parse with screen readers. You can add headings 1, 2, and 3 by highlighting text with your cursor and using the text editor to change the style.

Enter your content directly on the Pathwright platform

Rather than relying on images containing text, or PDFs with images containing text, build out your lessons in the appropriate content Blocks right on the platform. For example, the Text on Image Block will allow your text to resize automatically. This allows readers to increase text size on their device without distortion.

Use closed captioning

If you embed your videos from a video hosting service like YouTube, Vimeo, Wistia, etc., they will generally support captions on-screen.

If you use our Video Block to upload your videos directly to Pathwright, you can add closed captions by uploading your .vtt file to the Media Manager. Learners will be able to toggle on closed captioning and choose between multiple language subtitle options, if available. See upload closed captions or subtitles to your videos for more information.

Consider adding a transcript for your audio files or podcasts in a Text Block, as a Files Block attachment, or in the Notes section.

Attachments too!

Don't forget that any attachments you include in your courses should also be clear and easy to read.

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