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Create Accessible Tables in Canvas

Canvas User Guide: Creating Accessible Tables in the Rich Content Editor

Adding Scope

The scope attributes in a table helps provide context to screen readers. A scope=”col” identifies the header for all the cells in that column, and cells with a scope=”row” identifies the header for all the cells in that row. To add column and row scope to a table created in the Rich Content Editor, first insert a table. Then, to add scope, select the relevant cells of the table. In the Table Menu, select the Cell Properties link.

Cell Properties in the Rich Content Editor

In Cell properties, set the Cell type to “Header cell” and in the Scope menu, select the Column option.

Select Header Cells for Columns

To set scope for the row, repeat the process, but in the Scope menu, select the Row option.

Set Header Cells for Rows

To view these properties reflected in the Rich Content Editor, switch to the HTML Editor.

HTML Table View

Captions

A caption can be used to associate a short description to the table. Captions are not required, but they may be helpful in providing additional context.

Select Caption option in Table Properties

Captions provide more context to tables and appear in a row above your table’s content. Keep captions clear and concise.

Captions appear above the table

You can also view captions in the HTML view of the table.

Caption code in HTML Editor

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