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Typically, this error is caused because color alone is being used for emphasis without bold or italicizing via the style attribute. Students with visual impairments may not be able to see color or view the color correctly if it’s too light. As such, it’s best to make sure that the color is bolded or has other characters nearby that indicate the same sort of importance as the color.

  1. When this error arises within the Accessibility Checker (UDOIT), click the “U FIX IT!” button.
  2. Use the “View the source of this issue” link in the Accessibility Checker (UDOIT) report to access the Preview and verify that the text has not already been made bold or italicized or has not been accompanied by additional identifying characters.
  3. You will be provided with a “Make this text bold,” and a “Make this text italicized” checkbox. If it has not, check one of the checkboxes (bold is preferred over italics as italics are a little harder to read) and click “Submit.” The Accessibility Checker (UDOIT) will then apply the changes.

False Positives

There are three kinds of false positives you can have for this result:

  • The text is not colored to create emphasis.
  • Other characters like * accompany the text that is colored to create emphasis.
    • If you use this technique, be sure to clearly spell out what the * or other character(s) mean.
  • The color text is bold or italicized with the Rich Content Editor's Bold or Italics button, which creates the necessary visual effect with code that the Accessibility Checker (UDOIT) does not look for.

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