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Ally 2.9.4 | Piyasaya çıkış tarihi: 2 Mayıs 2024

Hata düzeltmeleri ve iyileştirmeler

  • Web Erişilebilirlik Raporu'nda, silinen dosyaların sorun sayısına dâhil edilmesi nedeniyle erişilebilirlik sorunu bulunan ögelerin sayısının yanlış bir şekilde şişirilmesine ve rapora boş ek sayfaların eklenmesine neden olan bir sorun düzeltildi.

Ally 2.9.4 | Piyasaya çıkış tarihi: 2 Mayıs 2024

Hata düzeltmeleri ve iyileştirmeler

  • Kurumsal Rapor'da, silinen dosyaların sorun sayısına dâhil edilmesi nedeniyle erişilebilirlik sorunu bulunan ögelerin sayısının hatalı şekilde şişirilmesine ve rapora boş ek sayfaların eklenmesine neden olan bir sorun düzeltildi.
  • D2L Brightspace kullanıcıları için, Eğitmen Geri Bildirimi aracılığıyla HTML dosyalarına uygulanan hızlı düzeltmelerin stillerin kaldırılmasına ve LMS kaydedilen içeriğin yanlış biçimlendirilmesine neden olan bir sorun düzeltildi.

Ally 2.9.3 | Rhyddhau i gynhyrchiad: 6 Ebrill, 2024

Trwsiadau ar gyfer Bygiau a gwelliannau

  • Wedi trwsio problem lle nad oedd Adroddiad Sefydliadol Ally yn dangos y rhestr lawn o broblemau pan oedd gan adran, cwrs neu barth (yn Ally ar gyfer y We) fwy na 1000 o broblemau. Roedd hyn yn atal gweinyddwyr rhag gallu adolygu a nodi'r blaenoriaethau ar gyfer datrys problemau hygyrchedd a amlygwyd gan Ally yn gywir.

Ally 2.9.2 | Rhyddhau i gynhyrchiad: 22 Mawrth, 2024

Trwsiadau ar gyfer Bygiau a gwelliannau

  • Wedi gwella'r testun disgrifiadol ar dab ffurfweddu Vimeo yn yr offeryn ffurfweddu Ally.
  • Wedi gweithredu gwelliannau ychwanegol o ran perfformiad a sefydlogrwydd yn swyddogaeth prosesu ffeiliau Ally.

Ally 2.9.0 | Release to production: March 07, 2024

Vimeo and HTML5 video caption checking is now available for HTML and WYSIWYG content

As part of our efforts to expand our support for more types of video content, Ally now can flag Vimeo or embedded HTML5 videos that do not have captions or may have automated captions. This helps instructors quickly identify if video content is accessible and increases the awareness of the importance of accurate captions for student video content.

Ally will identify and highlight videos from Vimeo and videos embedded via HTML5 within the Ally instructor feedback.   Keeping with our current approach to scoring YouTube videos, flagged Vimeo and HTML5 videos will not change the overall accessibility scores and will be shown as 100% in the Instructor Feedback panel.

Image 1:  Video highlighted within Ally’s Instructor Feedback Preview

Accessibility checker with video without captions flagged

Note for Administrators:  Opting In to New Vimeo Configuration Settings

Checking for public and private videos in Vimeo is an opt-in feature that administrators can choose to configure based on your institutional needs.  Ally admins will see a new configuration tab for Vimeo where it is possible to configure and manage the institution’s Vimeo account token to enable Ally’s caption check.  Once configured, Ally video checks count towards your institution's Vimeo account and apply to any associated rate limits that you may have.

If you do not configure your Vimeo settings, Ally will not pick up on any embedded Vimeo videos.

(Please note that HTML5 video checking does not require any admin configuration.)

This is a go-forward change that only affects newly added or updated HTML files or WYSIWYG content after this release.

For additional information on this feature and Vimeo configuration, please see Caption Checks for Videos

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Fixed an issue that prevented the issue highlighting and issue navigation from showing for issues within the Instructor Feedback Preview in D2L Brightspace integrations.  Fixed an issue where the Ally Instructor Feedback displayed "Oops! Something seems to have gone wrong. Please try again later” when HTML files are flagged as having empty headers in D2L that prevented instructors from seeing the score and guidance.
  • Fixed an issue in D2L Brightspace where Ally quick fixes for Empty Headers within the Instructor Feedback were sometimes applying the fix for multiple instances even if the “Apply For All” option was not selected.
  • Fixed an issue where the term dropdown and trend chart  were not showing all the terms in the Institutional Report Overview when admins selected the “By Term” view.
  • Fixed an issue for Learn integrations where WYSIWYG content for external links was not being picked up correctly within the Course Accessibility Report after a course copy.
  • Implemented performance and stability improvements to Ally’s processing for generating alternative formats.

Ally 2.8.2 | Release to production: February 22, 2024

Update on D2L Brightspace HTML file reprocessing

As a follow-up to the release of Ally 2.8.1, the feature enhancement to treat “HTML” content as WYSIWYG content in Brightspace is now active for all regions for new content. File rescoring of older HTML content is also completed for clients in our Canada, Asia, and Europe regions.

Rescoring of older content for US clients is still in progress and will be confirmed once completed.

Important note for administrators

Configuration documentation has also been updated to note that the Instructor Feedback for WYSIWYG content (Rich Text Editor content) feature flag does not disable the new Instructor Feedback or quick fixes on HTML files uploaded or created in D2L Brightspace.

See more information about Ally Feature Flags in the Ally Configuration Help page.

Ally Support for Moodle version 4.2

As part of the Ally team's efforts to improve the development and availability of the Ally plugin for Moodle, we are pleased to announce that we are releasing the plugins for the Moodle 4.2 version.

The plugins for version 4.2 are available on the Moodle pages below:

https://moodle.org/plugins/tool_ally
https://moodle.org/plugins/report_allylti
https://moodle.org/plugins/filter_ally

Documentation for the plugin configuration and supported themes is available in the Ally help documentation.

For managed hosted clients we always recommend you check with your Moodle provider to ensure version compatibility based on your upgrade plans.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Fixed an issue in Learn integrations where in some cases the browser configuration caused an authorization popup requesting credentials that prevented instructors from editing an Ultra document after attaching and previewing a file scored by Ally.
  • Fixed an accessibility issue in the Instructor Feedback Preview where screen readers could not identify highlights of videos without captions and prevented users from locating them in WYSIWYG content.

 


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. 


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. 

Ally 2.7.14 | Rhyddhau i gynhyrchiad: 1 Chwefror, 2024

Wedi gwella pwyntiau gorffen API ar gyfer offer adroddiadau

Fel dilyniant i'r rhyddhad cychwynnol yn Ally 2.7.7, mae pwyntiau gorffen yr API Ally ar gyfer offer adroddiadau wedi'u gwella er mwyn caniatáu delio â setiau data mwy yn well a chyfathrebu statysau yn gliriach i weinyddwyr sydd am integreiddio data Ally ag offer adroddiadau fel Power BI, Tableau, Excel neu raglenni gwe wedi'u haddasu.  

Mae'r gwelliannau hyn yn helpu i symleiddio'r broses ar gyfer rhanddeiliaid sy'n creu adroddiadau a dangosfyrddau personol y tu allan i Adroddiad Sefydliadol Ally ymhellach er mwyn galluogi gwneud mwy o benderfyniadau sy'n seiliedig ar ddata ar draws y sefydliad.

Delwedd 1:  Enghraifft o ddangosfwrdd PowerBI personol  

Custom PowerBI dashboard

Mae'r gwelliannau'n cynnwys:

  • Pan fydd angen i Ally baratoi setiau data mwy, bydd API Ally bellach yn ymateb gyda chod statws 202 (Wrthi'n prosesu) i roi gwybod i ddefnyddwyr y bydd angen iddynt aros nes bod y data yn barod i osgoi problemau gyda'r terfyn amser. Pan fydd y data yn barod, bydd yr API yn ymateb gyda'r cod 200 (Llwyddiannus).
  • Ychwanegwyd cyfanswm y cofnodion wedi'u hidlo at y metaddata hefyd.  Bydd hyn yn helpu defnyddwyr i gadarnhau bod yr opsiynau hidlo yn gweithio yn ôl y disgwyl (gan gydymffurfio â'r terfyn ymatebion o 10,000 o gofnodion fesul pwynt gorffen).  

Mae gwybodaeth ychwanegol am yr API ar gyfer adroddiadau, gan gynnwys enghreifftiau o ffurfweddiadau, ar gael ar y dudalen help Integreiddio API Ally ag Offeryn Adroddiadau Allanol wedi'i diweddaru. 

Mae dogfennaeth dechnegol wedi'i diweddaru ynghylch pwyntiau gorffen yr API ar gael ar y dudalen help Pwyntiau Gorffen API Adroddiadau hefyd.


Ally 2.7.13 | Rhyddhau i gynhyrchiad: 16 Ionawr, 2024

Trwsiadau ar gyfer bygiau a gwelliannau

  • Wedi trwsio problem lle cafodd botwm fformat amgen Ally ar frig tudalen Canvas ei ystyried yn H1 yn anghywir.  
  • Wedi trwsio problem lle roedd rhagolwg dogfennau WYSIWYG yn Adborth i Hyfforddwyr Ally yn diflannu ar ôl ychydig eiliadau pan agorwyd yr adborth drwy'r Adroddiad Hygyrchedd Cwrs.  
  • Wedi trwsio problem lle roedd trwsiadau cyflym Ally yn yr Adborth i Hyfforddwyr weithiau'n defnyddio'r trwsiad ar gyfer eitemau lluosog yn yr un ddogfen ac nid ar gyfer yr eitem a amlygwyd yn unig.  

Ally 2.7.12 | Rhyddhau i gynhyrchiad: 12 Rhagfyr, 2023

Gwelliannau i Fformatau Amgen OCR

Rydym wedi diweddaru ein prosesau OCR sylfaenol i ddarparu ychydig o welliannau allweddol, gan gynnwys gwella'r ffordd o ddelio ag ieithoedd nad ydynt yn Saesneg, gwella prosesu cefndiroedd dogfennau, a rhai gwelliannau ychwanegol llai i'r bylchau a'r ffontiau yn y Fformat Amgen a gynhyrchir.

Bygiau a Thrwsiadau 

Wedi trwsio problem hygyrchedd gyda llywio â'r bysellfwrdd a ffocysu ar y ddolen Telerau Defnyddio yn y ffenestr Fformatau Amgen.

 


Ally 2.7.11 | Rhyddhau i gynhyrchiad: 5 Rhagfyr, 2023

Trwsiadau ar gyfer bygiau a gwelliannau

  • Wedi trwsio problem ar gyfer defnyddwyr Learn Ultra lle nad oedd y panel Adborth i Hyfforddwyr Ally ar gyfer cynnwys WYSIWYG yn cael ei ddangos fel sgrin lawn wrth olygu Dogfen Ultra newydd.
  • Wedi gwella'r canllawiau "Sut i Ysgrifennu Disgrifiadau Da" ar gyfer trwsio delweddau heb destun amgen o fewn ffeiliau HTML annibynnol i roi cyd-destun gwell ar sut i drwsio'r broblem hon.

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.  


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.


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

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.) 

  


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. 

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. 


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.

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. 


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

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. 


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. 


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.


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.

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. 

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

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. 

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. 
     


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

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. 

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.

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

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.