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Ally 2.8.1 | Release to production: February 15, 2024

Quick fixes, guidance, and content previews now available for D2L Brightspace “HTML” content 

Ally for D2L Brightspace

Ally 2.8.1 brings a key enhancement to the Instructor Feedback within the Ally Brightspace integration that treats “HTML” content as WYSIWYG content and gives instructors the ability to leverage Ally's capabilities including quick fixes, What and Why guidance and content previews.  

Instead of frequently encountering “Guidance Not Available Yet” in the feedback, instructors will now be able to address issues more quickly and easily within the Ally Instructor Feedback flow and focus on the most impactful changes to content.  

Image 1:  Instructor Feedback with available quick fix for insufficient contrast 

Instructor Feedback with available quick fix for insufficient contrast

This improvement includes Quick Fix capabilities for the following accessibility issues:

  • Text with insufficient contrast
  • Tables that are missing headers
  • Tables without headers
  • Images with redundant text
  • Images without descriptions
  • Heading order

Issues without quick fixes available will still be shown under “All Issues” and may not have specific guidance available pending future roadmap development. 

After this release, any new HTML file created by an instructor will be treated as WYSIWYG going forward. Older existing HTML content within Brightspace will be rescored and reprocessed by Ally in waves over the next few weeks to migrate this data and provide a consistent instructor experience.

For Administrators - Feature activation and file rescoring

Feature activation and file rescoring will be triggered by region with this release beginning with our Canada region (prod-ca-central-1.ally.ac) on 2/15/24. Other regions will follow in the order shown below:  

  • Wave 1: Canada (prod-ca-central-1.ally.ac)
  • Wave 2: Asia-Pacific (prod-ap-southeast-2.ally.ac)
  • Wave 3: Europe (prod-eu-central-1.ally.ac)
  • Wave 4: US (prod.ally.ac)

In addition to the instructor improvements noted above, Administrators will see the following differences in the Ally reports:

  • All HTML files and existing WYSIWYG content will be referred to as “HTML Fragment” in the Institutional Report. This change will also be reflected in CSV exports and the Ally API for reporting tools.  
  • The score for each file may change depending on the accessibility issues flagged by Ally after content is reprocessed. This is because of the different checks Ally applies for WYSIWYG content vs HTML content.  

Image 2:  Ally Institutional Report Total content created chart for administrators 

Ally Institutional Report Total content created chart for administrators

File rescoring will only affect HTML files. Other file types like Word, PowerPoint, PDF, images, or LibreOffice are not affected and their score will remain the same.

Other Improvements:

With this update, “language not set” and “missing title” will no longer be flagged as issues in the HTML content in Brightspace to help minimize frustration for instructors that cannot edit these attributes in the content interface. 

Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration

Ally 2.8.0 | Release to production: February 9, 2024

Course Accessibility Report Instructor Feedback Improvements

Ally 2.8.0 brings several fixes and improvements to the Instructor Feedback launched from the Course Accessibility Report to help instructors that frequently use it as a starting point to address issues within their course. These improvements aim to further streamline instructor workflows as they look to quickly identify low scoring content or content with the easiest issues to fix.

Image 1: Ally Course Accessibility Report

Ally Course Accessibility Report

Increased visibility into what is happening behind the scenes for WYSIWYG content

When instructors launch the Ally Instructor Feeback for WYSIWYG content from the Course Accessibility Report, Ally will now briefly display a message alerting users that Ally is updating the score to account for the latest updates. This improvement helps to ensure that the score is always up to date and addresses previous confusion around scores jumping depending on where and when it was viewed.

Image 2: “Updating Ally score” alert in the Instructor Feedback window

“Updating Ally score” alert in the Instructor Feedback window

Bug Fixes and Other Improvements:

  • Fixed an issue in which the Indicate Image is Decorative option was not updating the file or the score in WYSIWYG content when performed from the Course Accessibility Report.
  • Fixed an issue in which the Add Image Description option was not correctly updating the alternative text or the score in WYSIWYG content when performed from the Course Accessibility Report.
  • Fixed an issue in which the Instructor Feedback within the Course Accessibility Report was not displaying the correct score for files that only contained one issue.  
  • Fixed an issue in which Ally was not displaying the correct number of issues after launching into the Instructor Feedback from the Course Accessibility Report.
  • Fixed an issue where the highlighting within the Ally Instructor feedback content preview was only pointing to one video despite Ally flagging multiple videos without captions within WYSIWYG content. 
Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration

Ally 2.7.14 | Release to production: February 1, 2024

Improved API endpoints for reporting tools

As a follow-up to the initial release in Ally 2.7.7, the Ally API endpoints for reporting tools have been improved to allow for better handling of larger datasets and clearer communication of statuses for administrators looking to integrate Ally data with reporting tools like Power BI, Tableau, Excel or customized web applications.  

These improvements help to further streamline the process for stakeholders building custom reports and dashboards outside of the Ally Institutional Report to enable more data-driven decision making throughout the institution.

Image 1:  Example custom PowerBI dashboard  

Custom PowerBI dashboard

Improvements include:

  • When Ally needs to prepare larger datasets, the Ally API now responds with the status code 202 (Processing) to inform users that they will need to wait until the data is ready to avoid timeout issues. When the data is ready, the API will respond with the code 200 (Successful).
  • The total number of filtered records has also been added to the metadata.  This will help users confirm that the filtering options are working as expected (while keeping in line with the 10,000-records response limit per endpoint).  

Additional information about the API for reporting, including configuration examples, is available in the updated Integrate Ally's API with an External Reporting Tool help page. 

Updated technical documentation around the API endpoints is also available in the Reporting API Endpoints help page.

Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.7.13 | Release to production: January 16, 2024

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Fixed an issue where the Ally alternative format button at the top of a Canvas page was incorrectly considered an H1.  
  • Fixed an issue where the preview of WYSIWYG documents within the Ally Instructor Feedback disappeared after a few seconds when the feedback was opened through the Course Accessibility Report.  
  • Fixed a problem where Ally quick fixes in the Instructor Feedback were sometimes applying the fix for multiple items in the same document and not for the highlighted item only.  
Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.7.12 | Release to production: December 12, 2023

OCR Alternative Format Improvements

We’ve updated our underlying OCR processing to provide a few key improvements, including improved handling of non-English languages, improved processing of document backgrounds, and some additional smaller improvements to spacing and fonts in the Alternative Format that is generated.

Bugs and Fixes 

Fixed an accessibility issue with keyboard navigation and focus on the Terms of Use link within the Alternative Formats window.

 

Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.7.11 | Release to production: December 5, 2023

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Fixed an issue for Learn Ultra users where the Ally Instructor Feedback panel for WYSIWYG content was not being displayed as full screen when editing a new Ultra Document.
  • Improved the “How to Write Good Descriptions” guidance for fixing images without alternative text within standalone HTML files to provide better context on how to fix this issue.
Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.7.10 | Release to production: November 1, 2023

Bug Fixes and improvements 

Fixed an issue where the alternative text of deleted images was considered in course copies, causing the text of some images to be incorrectly copied.  

Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.7.9 | Release to production: October 18, 2023

Bug Fixes and improvements 

  • Fixed an issue in Canvas integrations where the side panel used to upload files was displayed over the Ally Institutional Report and prevented instructors from going through the Ally Guidance.  

  • Fixed an issue related to the recent implementation of the session timeout that was causing generic errors to display in the browser console while accessing the Institutional Report.

Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.7.8 | Release to production: September 20, 2023

New features

Guidance is now available for HTML and WYSIWYG content with images without Alternative Text 

As part of our continued effort to expand Ally’s guidance and feedback, instructors accessing the Ally Instructor Feedback for HTML files and WYSIWYG content can now find the Ally guidance for images that do not have Alternative Text.  

Screenshot of the Ally Instructor Feedback highlighting the guidance buttons

This guidance provides a detailed description of the issue and a step-by-step guide to teach instructors how to fix this issue. 

Screenshot of the Ally Instructor Feedback showing the guidance to fix alternative text issues

Bugs fixes and improvements

  • Fixed an issue where instructors could not upload files with accented characters in the Ally Instructor Feedback panel. Now characters using the ISO-8859-1 standard are supported.  
  • Fixed an issue in the guidance for password-protected files that caused PowerPoint files to be incorrectly referred to as Word documents within the text displayed to instructors.  
  • Fixed an issue where the Alternative Formats icon was not getting displayed for the Homepage in Canvas courses.  
  • The date picker used in the Ally Institutional Report has been updated and improved for a better visibility an usability
Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.7.7 | Release to production: September 6, 2023

New features

API endpoints for reporting tools

Administrators can now integrate their Ally data into reporting tools and applications like Power BI, Tableau, or even Microsoft Excel more seamlessly than before, using two new private Ally API endpoints for reporting.  This API provides two GET endpoints that allow Administrators to quickly build reports or dashboards and retrieve information on accessibility scores and issues.

Screenshot of Power BI dashboard

Instead of reconfiguring dashboards each time a new CSV export is available, these new endpoints allow Administrators to configure a report once and refresh the data at 15-minute intervals to update dashboards in the preferred reporting tool. Administrators can obtain all the credentials needed to configure the data in the external reporting tool from the Institutional Report.  

Screenshot of the Export button in the Institutional Report

Additional information about the API for reporting, including configuration examples, is available in the Integrate Ally's API with an External Reporting Tool help page. Technical documentation around the new API endpoints is also available in the Reporting API Endpoints help page.  

Endpoints included in the API for reporting are private endpoints and do not come with a deprecation policy at this time. Anthology Ally may change or update these endpoints depending on our roadmap or future releases. 

Bug Fixes and improvements 

  • Fixed an accessibility issue where controls in the Ally configuration were not properly announced as control groups by screen readers. 

  • Fixed an accessibility issue where the file drop area in the Ally Instructor Feedback did not have descriptive text for screen readers. 

  • Fixed an issue where videos without captions that were embedded using HTML code in HTML files or WYSIWYG documents were not correctly highlighted in the Ally instructor feedback. 

  • Added a session timeout to the Ally Institutional Report when it is accessed outside of the LMS via a direct URL. The timeout prevents unwanted access when the report is left unattended, or there is no activity.  (The timeout is triggered after 900 seconds of inactivity and signs out the user automatically.) 

  

Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.7.5 | Release to production: August 10, 2023

New features

Guidance is now available for password-protected files 

Instructors accessing the Ally Instructor Feedback for password-protected files can now find additional Ally guidance and instructions to learn how to remove passwords to improve the file for students.

Ally's Instructor Feedback highlighting the password protected issue in PDF files

What and Why information panels are now available for videos flagged with automated or no captions 

As part of our ongoing efforts to expand support for Video content, instructors who access Ally Instructor Feedback for WYSIWYG or HTML files containing videos flagged with automated or no captions can now discover an informative “What it means” section. This addition provides valuable context about the significance of captions for video content.

What this means screen for the "Item has videos with automated or no captions"

 

Bugs fixes and improvements

  • Fixed an accessibility issue where a decorative image from the Ally instructor feedback was not hidden from screen readers. 
  • Fixed an issue where the file preview of some PowerPoint files was not displayed correctly in the Ally Instructor Feedback panel. 
Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.7.4 | Release to production: July 26, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration, D2L Brightspace integration

New features

Audio Alternative Format character limit increased 

Ally now supports files with up to 200,000 characters when downloading the Audio Alternative Format.  

alternative formats modal with audio highlighted

Improvements and bug fixing

  • Fixed an accessibility issue where visually grouped controls in the Instructor Feedback were not being grouped correctly.  

  • Fixed an issue for Learn where in some cases, using the Microsoft Immersive Reader Alternative Format, caused the Learn session to crash for users. 

  • Fixed an issue where the total issue count for “HTML content containing images without a description” was not always decreasing in the Ally reports after the issue had been fixed in the course. 

  • Fixed an issue for Learn Ultra users where images having a redundant description were not being flagged as issues in Ally’s Instructor Feedback. 

Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.7.0 | Release to production: June 14, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration, D2L Brightspace integration

Improvements and bug fixing

  • Improved the WYSIWYG Instructor Feedback experience in Learn Ultra to allow instructors to return to the list of remaining issues after fixing an issue.
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing learners from downloading the audio Alternative Format when using the Learn Ultra mobile application.
  • Fixed an issue that was creating unintentional error logs in the browser console after opening the Instructor Feedback in D2L environments.
Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.6.6 | Release to production: June 6, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration, D2L Brightspace integration

Improvements and bug fixing

As part of our efforts to support universal design and equitable access around the world, Ally now supports the User Interface in the Chinese Traditional language (zh-TW). Chinese Traditional is now available in Ally Institutional Report, configuration UI, Alternative Formats modal, Instructor Feedback, and Course Accessibility Report.  

This does not represent changes in the current language support in other Ally features. 

Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.6.5 | Release to production: April 26, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration, D2L Brightspace integration

Improvements and bug fixing

In cases where the same YouTube video is used multiple times within WYSIWYG and HTML content, the Instructor Feedback preview window now lists all instances of the video (instead of just one), to provide the instructor with a better understanding of where the issue is happening.  

Screenshot of Ally's Instructor Feedback preview
Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.6.4 | Release to production: April 19, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration, D2L Brightspace integration

Improvements and bug fixing

We improved Ally's performance flagging issues when adding YouTube video links within WYSIWYG content.  As of now, instructors will have a better user experience when they include multiple videos in the same document. 

Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.6.3 | Release to production: April 4, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration

Guidance is now available for HTML files containing links with missing text

Instructors accessing the Ally Instructor Feedback for HTML files with links missing text can now find the Ally guidance.

Screenshot of Ally's Instructor Feedback when HTML has missing text

 It provides a detailed description of the issue and a step-by-step guide to teach instructors how to fix this issue.

Screenshot of Ally's Instructor Feedback on how to update missing link text

This guidance is available for Learn, Canvas, and Moodle customers. We are working to bring this additional guidance to D2L Brightspace customers as part of a follow-up release. 

Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.6.2 | Release to production: March 29, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration, D2L Brightspace integration

Improvements and bug fixing

  • Ally now supports version 6 of the TinyMCE rich text editor in D2L Brightspace.

    Discussion Topics, Modules, Quiz descriptions, and Assignments are supported. This does not apply to web page content. 

  • Fixed an accessibility issue where the tooltip on the Overall Accessibility Score pie chart was not accessible using the keyboard.

  • The Braille Alternative Format has been upgraded to improve overall performance and incorporate general Braille table improvements.

Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.6.1 | Release to production: March 15, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration, D2L Brightspace integration

Improvements and bug fixing

  • Fixed an accessibility issue where screen readers were not correctly announcing the values of highlighted issues when a user navigates through the Ally Instructor Feedback Preview for WYSIWYG content.
  • Fixed an accessibility issue where screen readers were not correctly announcing the "What this means" button located in the right-hand side panel of the Ally Instructor Feedback.
Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.6.0 | Release to production: March 8, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration, D2L Brightspace integration

Guidance is now available for HTML files containing text with insufficient contrast

Instructors accessing the Ally Instructor Feedback for HTML files with contrast issues can now find the Ally guidance. 

Ally's instructor feedback highlighting the "What this means" and " How to fix contrast" buttons for texts with insufficient contrast.

It provides a detailed description of the issue, and a step-by-step guide to teach instructors how to fix this issue.

Screenshot of Ally's Instructor Feedback guidance on how to fix text with insufficient contrast.

This guidance is available for Learn, Canvas, and Moodle customers. We are working to bring this additional guidance to D2L Brightspace customers as part of a follow-up release.  

NEW Canvas scopes for developer keys have been added for future video support

Ally integrations now include 4 new scopes to the Canvas developer keys to support future development towards extending Ally's existing accessibility checks to more video providers, including uploaded video files within the Canvas LMS.  These new scopes will provide Ally with the appropriate permission to analyze those video files once we release this additional functionality. 

url:GET|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/media_objects
url:PUT|/api/v1/media_objects/:media_object_id
url:GET|/api/v1/media_objects/:media_object_id/media_tracks
url:PUT|/api/v1/media_objects/:media_object_id/media_tracks

We will announce support for checking uploaded Canvas videos as part of our roadmap plans for the upcoming months.  Until then, existing clients do not need to take any action and your Ally instance will continue working normally, without any additional configuration.  Upon release of the new accessibility check for Canvas videos, we will provide further instructions and steps to reintegrate Ally with these additional scopes. For new clients, these scopes will be included in the standard implementations going forward.  

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Fixed an issue where Ally's alternative format and scoring indicators, within courses using D2L Brightspace's New Content Experience,  were no longer being displayed due to a conflict with a new pathname within the LMS. 
Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.5.9 | Release to production: March 1, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration, D2L Brightspace integration

Identification and scoring of Microsoft Office and LibreOffice Password-protected files

Password-protected Microsoft Office and LibreOffice documents are now identified and scored by Ally. When you upload a password-protected document, Ally will flag it with a 0% score. This will increase the instructor's awareness to update and make the content available to learners without any blockers.

Screenshot showing low score in Ally because of password protected document

 

This is a go-forward change that only affects the score of newly added or updated password-protected Office content after this release.


As part of future releases, we will incorporate additional guidance and feedback for these files into the Instructor Feedback.
 

Translated Version Alternative Format character limit increased

Ally now supports files with up to 60,000 characters when downloading the Translated Version Alternative Format.

Screenshot of the alternative formats modal with the Translated version highlighted
Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.5.8 | Release to production: February 22, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration, D2L Brightspace integration

Bug fixes and improvements

  • We improved guidance in the Ally Instructor Feedback for untagged PDFs. As of now, instructors have a simpler and more informed step-by-step guidance to help them to fix this issue faster.
  • Fixed an issue in Canvas environments where the Revision History information was not being passed correctly back into Canvas when an instructor used the quick fix functionality (part of the Instructor Feedback) to update content. 
Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.5.6 | Release to production: February 7, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration, D2L Brightspace integration

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Fixed an issue where custom heading styles were not converted to headings when generating Alternative Formats.

  • Fixed an issue that made the Instructor Feedback panel for WYSIWYG content unavailable when accessed from the Institutional Report.

  • Fixed an issue where numbered lists in LibreOffice and Office files were displayed incorrectly in the Ally Instructor Feedback panel. 
     

Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.5.5 | Release to production: February 1, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration, D2L Brightspace integration

Alternative Formats views count towards Progress Tracking in Blackboard Learn Ultra

Blackboard Learn Ultra has the capacity to keep track of the course progress for both instructors and students. After a learner downloads an Alternative Format of any content file, the course content will indicate its progress.

Progress Tracking in Blackboard Learn Ultra

Instructors will see the progress made by learners based on their access to the original file or an Alternative Format. For further information about Progress Tracking, refer to the Progress Tracking Release note in Learn Ultra 3900.58.
 

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Fixed an issue where custom javascript —present in certain Canvas integrations— conflicted with the Ally javascript, resulting in some features of the rich text editor, including the scrollbar and the save button, being hidden during content editing
Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.5.4 | Release to production: January 25, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration, D2L Brightspace integration

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Fixed an issue where Ally was not recognizing embedded YouTube videos without captions when using an iframe in WYSIWYG content in Canvas.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Ally Score gauge to incorrectly overlap with the title field while editing content in the WYSIWYG content editor for Moodle 4 (Boost Theme).
  • Fixed an issue in Canvas where the Rich Text editor remained at maximum width after exiting the Instructor Feedback preview, instead of returning to normal size, which caused the Ally indicator to be hidden without scrolling further. 
Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.5.3 | Release to production: January 18, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration, D2L Brightspace integration

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Enabling and Disabling Courses Confirmation Message

    Administrators are now presented with a confirmation message when enabling or disabling Ally across all existing courses within the Ally Configuration Tool. This confirmation shows after selecting either Enable or Disable in all courses from the configuration drop down. (Refer to the below example for Disabling all existing courses).
    Screenshot of "Disable/enable all existing courses" in Ally's configuration tool
    Screenshot of confirmation to disable Ally across all existing courses
  • Improved Ally infrastructure scaling policies and alarms to better identify issues during peak usage periods and improve performance to reduce delays on files scanning.
Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.5.2 | Release to production: January 12, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration, D2L Brightspace integration

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Added Euskera language (eu-es) support for the user interface.
  • When you open the Instructor Feedback, Ally now displays the Help link in the right-hand side panel. Note that this does not change the configuration of the custom help, as this is still done in the Ally administration panel. See how to configure Ally user help settings.
    Screenshot of Instructor Feedback highlighting the Help link at the bottom.
  • We improved the user interface when guidance is not yet available.
    Screenshot of Ally with "Guidance not available yet" highlighted
Updated Features, Bug Fixes, D2L Brightspace Integration, Blackboard Learn Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration

Ally 2.5.1 | Release to production: January 5, 2023

Updated features, Learn integration, Canvas integration, Moodle integration, D2L Brightspace integration

Bug fixes and improvements

  • A help link is now displayed in the Instructor Feedback when guidance is not available yet. This link provides instructors access to resources that help them improve their content. This help link uses the custom help configuration, which is still done in the Ally administration panel. Learn how to configure Ally user help settings.
    Screenshot of Ally with help link in the bottom left corner
  • In cases where a standalone image is set as decorative, Ally's accessibility score will increase to 100%. As of now, Ally shows a warning message stating:
    • The image may need further improvements if there are additional accessibility issues. For example, an image that is marked as decorative could still induce seizures, even if it has a 100% score.
    • These improvements can be reviewed in the Course Accessibility Report or the Institutional Report
      Screenshot of Ally with warning stating the image may need further improvements
  • Fixed an issue where the Ally score indicator was missing in the WYSIWYG content in the Canvas rich content editor (RCE). This was due to recent updates, published in the Canvas Deploy Notes 2022-12-20. As of now, the Ally score indicator and instructor feedback are fully compatible with all new RCE updates and features done by Canvas.
  • Fixed an issue regarding keyboard navigation within Ally's Instructor Feedback for WYSIWYG content. The problem was that the space bar didn't navigate as expected when a user selected a specific accessibility issue.
  • Fixed an issue where Ally was not announcing the loading status message to assistive technologies whilst downloading an Alternative Format.
Updated Features, Bug Fixes, Blackboard Learn Integration, D2L Brightspace Integration, Canvas Integration, Moodle Integration