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Ally 2.10.0 | Release to production: July 17, 2024

Ally's new AI Alt Text Assistant

Writing simple but meaningful alternative text for images is not always an easy task.  Many times, an instructor is looking for a simple spark of inspiration or a suggestion of where to start.

Designed to tackle this challenge in a way that seamlessly integrates into the Ally Instructor Feedback experience, we're thrilled to unveil our latest innovation designed to transform how educators manage accessibility: Ally’s AI Alt Text Assistant. This new feature is focused on enhancing and improving the efficiency of instructors by automating the suggestion of alternative text for images to help write better alternative text and ensure that learning materials are inclusive and accessible to every student.

For Instructors

Instructors can harness the convenience and power of the "Auto-Generate Description" button featured in the Ally Instructor Feedback interface and let the AI Alt Text Assistant simplify the process of addressing images that lack descriptions. With just a single click, instructors can now generate suggested alternative descriptions for images embedded in WYSIWYG content or as standalone items.

Image 1: auto-generate description button when fixing an image without description in the Ally Instructor Feedback

Ally Instructor Feedback screen displaying auto-generate description button

This intuitive tool empowers instructors to instantly create simple yet accurate descriptions for images, eliminating the guesswork and time-consuming task of manually crafting descriptions from scratch.  

The AI Alt Text Assistant ensures that the instructor remains in complete control. You can easily edit or remove the AI-generated suggestions to best fit your content’s context and audience. It is important to note that alternative descriptions are not applied automatically—each suggestion requires the instructor’s review and approval - guaranteeing that the final output aligns with the instructor’s original purpose. 

For administrators

Ally administrators can configure this new feature from the Ally Configuration settings.  To use the new Alt text assistant, you must opt-in and turn it on from your admin console (this feature is disabled by default).

Image 2: Ally configuration settings with feature flag opt-in to turn on the AI Alt Text Assistant

Ally configuration settings with feature flag opt-in to turn on the AI Alt Text Assistant

Additionally, administrators can track the usage of the new feature from the Ally Usage Report (exported from your Ally Institutional Report dashboard).

Image 3: Ally Usage report with additional data added to track usage of the AI Alt Text Assistant

Ally Usage report with additional data added to track usage of the AI Alt Text Assistant

Within the Instructor Feedback Launches tab of the Usage Report, administrators can see a count of how many times AI was used to generate alternative text on images and how many times the instructor has altered the text generated by AI before saving for a particular course.  

This information is also available in the raw data tab in the Usage Report.

This feature follows our Anthology Trustworthy AI principles, including:

  • Humans in control
  • Fairness
  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Safety

We recommend reviewing the documents linked below as you consider using Ally’s AI Alt Text Assistant:

AI Alt Text Assistant Transparency Note

Terms of Use

Trustworthy AI Principles

This release is available to Blackboard, Canvas, D2L Brightspace and Moodle LMS integrations.

Identification and scoring of broken links on WYSIWYG content for Ultra and Canvas

As part of our commitment to helping instructors enhance the quality and reliability of educational content, the Ally for LMS accessibility checklist has been expanded to include a new check for Broken Links (404 errors) within WYSIWYG content.  Broken links are an important and often frequent accessibility issue that can create frustration, disruption or worse – loss of confidence in the material itself - for all students in the course.

Ally will now report this issue as part of the accessibility report and instructor feedback.  Broken links contribute to the accessibility score for WYSIWYG content, and this contribution is dependent on the number of broken links within the content itself.

As instructors create or modify WYSIWYG content, Ally identifies if a link is broken and highlights this for the instructor in the content preview along with quick, intuitive options to correct the issue directly within the Ally instructor feedback panel. This instant feedback ensures that all content is verified and reliable before students ever encounter it.  Instructors can also use the 'What' and 'Why' guidance to learn more about the impact of Broken Links.  By identifying and resolving these links, instructors can prevent disruption in the learning process and maintain the integrity of their course.

Image 1: Broken Link identification in the Ally Instructor Feedback 

Broken Link identification in the Ally Instructor Feedback

Ally reports, including the Institutional Report, CSV exports, APIs for external reporting tools, and the Course Accessibility Report will reflect this new accessibility check as part of the score and underlying issues list.

This is a go-forward change that only affects the score of newly added or updated WYSIWYG content after this release.  As a result, the overall WYSIWYG accessibility score for many institutions may drop compared to previous months/years because of the introduction of this new accessibility check.  

This release includes Ultra and Canvas LMS integrations.  As part of a future release, we plan to bring this check to the other LMS integrations as well. 

 


Ally 2.9.8 | Release to production: July 02, 2024 

Bug Fixes and improvements

  • Implemented infrastructure improvements and optimizations to the backend scoring processes for HTML and WYSIWYG content to provide Instructors with a faster and more reliable experience.  
  • Fixed an accessibility issue where the Ally Instructor Feedback was not properly announced as a dialog to screen readers.
  • Fixed an accessibility issue where certain wording within the Instructor Feedback guidance was based on sensory characteristics and was not clear to all users, including those that may use a screen reader.
  • Fixed an accessibility issue where the page navigation buttons in the Instructor Feedback Content Preview were not announced by screen readers while retaining focus. 

Ally 2.9.4 | Liberado para produção: 2 de maio de 2024

Correções de bugs e melhorias 

  • Corrigimos um problema no Relatório de acessibilidade da web em que o número de itens com problema de acessibilidade era aumentado incorretamente ao incluir arquivos excluídos na contagem de problemas, fazendo com que páginas em branco fossem adicionadas ao relatório.

Ally 2.9.4 | Liberado para produção: 2 de maio de 2024

Correções de bugs e melhorias 

  • Corrigimos um problema no Relatório institucional em que o número de itens com problema de acessibilidade era aumentado incorretamente ao incluir arquivos excluídos na contagem de problemas, fazendo com que páginas em branco fossem adicionadas ao relatório. 
  • Corrigimos um problema para usuários do D2L Brightspace em que as correções rápidas aplicadas a arquivos HTML, por meio dos Comentários do instrutor, estavam removendo os estilos e formatando incorretamente o conteúdo salvo de volta ao LMS.

Ally 2.9.3 | Liberado para produção: 6 de abril de 2024

Correções de bugs e melhorias

  • Correção de um problema em que o Relatório institucional do Ally não exibia a lista completa de itens quando um departamento, um curso ou um domínio (no Ally para Web) tinha mais de 1.000 itens. Isso impediu que os administradores conseguissem analisar e identificar corretamente as prioridades para corrigir problemas de acessibilidade marcados pelo Ally.

Ally 2.9.2 | Liberado para produção: 22 de março de 2024

Correções de bugs e melhorias

  • Melhoria do texto descritivo na guia de configuração do Vimeo dentro da ferramenta de configuração do Ally.
  • Implementação de melhorias adicionais no desempenho e estabilidade do processamento de arquivos do 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 2.7.13 | Piyasaya çıkış tarihi: 16 Ocak 2024

Hata düzeltmeleri ve iyileştirmeler

  • Canvas sayfasının üst kısmındaki Ally alternatif biçim düğmesinin hatalı şekilde H1 olarak değerlendirilmesine neden olan sorun düzeltildi.
  • Geri bildirim, Kurs Erişilebilirlik Raporu üzerinden açıldığı zaman Ally Eğitmen Geri Bildirimi içindeki WYSIWYG belgelerinin ön izlemesinin birkaç saniye sonra kaybolmasına neden olan sorun düzeltildi.
  • Eğitmen Geri Bildirimi'nde yapılan küçük Ally düzeltmelerinin yalnızca vurgulanan ögeye uygulanmak yerine zaman zaman aynı belgede içinde yer alan birden çok ögeye uygulanmasına neden olan sorun düzeltildi.

Ally 2.7.11 | Piyasaya çıkış tarihi: 5 Aralık 2023

Hata düzeltmeleri ve iyileştirmeler

  • Yeni bir Ultra Belgesi düzenlenirken WYSIWYG içerikleri için Ally Eğitmen Geri Bildirimi panelinin tam ekran olarak görüntülenmemesine yol açan, Learn Ultra kullanıcılarına yönelik bir sorun düzeltildi.
  • Bağımsız HTML dosyalarındaki alternatif metin içermeyen görüntüleri düzeltmeye yönelik "İyi Açıklamalar Nasıl Yazılır" yönergeleri, söz konusu sorunun nasıl çözüleceğine dair daha iyi bir bağlam sağlayacak şekilde iyileştirildi.

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.