Accessibility Scores

Ally checks accessibility for your new and existing course content. To measure accessibility, Ally assigns your content an accessibility score. Each score is composed of both a numerical number and a colored gauge that reflects the number.

Accessibility scores are determined by the severity of issues in each file. A low score indicates the file has severe or multiple accessibility issues; a high score means there are minor or no accessibility issues. For accessibility scores less than 100 percent, Ally gives you suggestions for improving the accessibility of the file.

Score Icons

Scores range from Low to Perfect. The higher the score, the fewer the issues. The score icons appear next to compatible file types and are only visible to you. Your students do not see the score icons.

red half-circle gauge with an indicator pointing to the left to indicate a low score Low (0-33%): Needs help! There are severe accessibility issues.

orange half-circle gauge with an indicator pointing straight up to indicate a moderate score Medium (34-66%): A little better. The file is somewhat accessible and needs improvement.

green half-circle gauge with an indicator pointing to the right to indicate a high score High (67-99%): Almost there. The file is accessible but more improvements are possible.

bright green half-circle gauge with an indicator pointing flat to the right to indicate a full score Perfect (100%): Perfect! Ally didn't identify any accessibility issues but further improvements may still be possible.

Course Accessibility Report

You can also view your accessibility scores on the Course Accessibility Report. The report contains additional scores that are not available with the course at this time, such as scores for content drafted in the text editor.

To access the report

  • Original Course View: go to the Control Panel and open Course Tools 
  • Ultra Course View: go to the Details & Actions pane and click Books & Course Tools

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The Overview tab shows the accessibility score for the course, course content grouped by content type, and a list of all issues identified in the course. The Content tab shows you the content with accessibility issues.

Improve Your Score

Once you know the accessibility score, you can begin to explore the accessibility issues and improve your content to raise the score. Accessible documents are important for all audiences, and Ally gives you the tools to understand common issues and improve your course files.

Find a content item and click the accessibility score icon to view the instructor feedback panel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do students see the accessibility score indicators?New

Students do not see the icons that indicate the content's accessibility score, the scores themselves, nor the accessibility feedback. That information is only visible to the instructor. 

Students only have access to download alternative formats.

What file types does Ally support?New

Ally will check and provide alternative formats for any visual or text-based content that you have added to your Blackboard course, including the following file formats:

  • PDF files
  • Microsoft® Word files
  • Microsoft® Powerpoint® files
  • OpenOffice/LibreOffice files
  • Uploaded HTML files
  • Image files, including JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF

Ally also checks any text and images created using the text editor, although the results for that content is currently only available in the course accessibility report.

What accessibility issues are included in the accessibility score?New

Ally’s accessibility checklist is based on WCAG 2.1 AA (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines). This is an international accessibility standard, and most of the legislation and legal requirements worldwide align with this standard.

Additionally, Ally also adds a number of additional checks on top of this that start to target the usability and quality of the course materials a bit more.

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