Headings and Accessible Files
When designing content pages or files that will be linked into the course, headings are a simple way to increase accessibility.
When creating a page in Canvas, use headings to organize the text instead of bolding or changing the font to indicate titles and subsections.
While a heading will be picked up by a screen reader and used to indicate the page formatting to the listener, bold text will not. Instead, the whole page will be read aloud as a single block of text. Essentially, headings allow the page to be easily navigated by breaking the page into pieces of information that are easy to scan and digest.
If you are unsure of how a piece of text will sound in a screen reader, use a screen reader simulator tool to test the page.
The same concept can be applied to files that are being used in the course. Microsoft Word allows for headings to break text into sections that are easily interpreted by a screen reader.