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Canvas, Students, File Download Workarounds

This page contains file download options for student users in Canvas.

File Download Workarounds

Preview in overlay or inline poses some accessibility issues; some of the issues appear minor or annoying. They are not entirely showstoppers since users using assistive technologies can figure out how to get around these issues. It is essential that they have options if they face problems with the previews.

The overlay preview displays a full screen covering the entire screen.

Figure 1 Preview in Overlay

When the file link activates on the page, the inline preview appears within the page.

Figure 2 Preview in Inline

Download File Options

Downloading the files is the most accessible approach for users; they can view the documents outside the Canvas environment. The options to download are:

  • Module Item as a Link
  • Course Item as a Link

1.   Module Item as a Link

One of the options to download files is to have access to the link immediately at the top of the page is highly recommended. When the student activates the module item link within the module, it will display the download link at the top before the overlay preview opens.

Figure 3 Module item link within the module

Figure 4 Download link at the top of the page

2.   Course Item as a Link

The second option to download the document within the page is located after the file link; the download icon link will automatically appear.

Figure 5 Download icon link after the file link




Keywords:accessible, content, text, preview, overlay, issue   Doc ID:119463
Owner:Gaby V.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2022-07-07 12:53 CSTUpdated:2022-07-07 14:37 CST
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