What it is
Canva is a popular application that provides templates for users to create documents and infographics for marketing and other communications.
Canva is not a licensed Yale product. There is a paid version individuals and groups across campus may purchase. The free version is widely used and offers many options.
The platform presents several accessibility barriers and should not be considered for use by university staff if accessible design software is required.
For staff using the free version of Canva to create documents and infographics please keep the following accessibility requirements in mind:
Text in Images
The text saved in a Canva infographic is embedded and not available to screen reader (text-to-speech) technologies.
- In other words, the text you see in a Canva infographic (such as what you would use for a Facebook or Instagram post) is only a picture of text.
- You will need to provide the text present in your infographic in an alternative format, e.g., in the body of the social media post or email or added as alt-text to the image.
- When exporting or saving a document from Canva as a PDF, the resulting PDF will need to be remediated to provide proper Headings, tags, links, and other accessibility features. Guidance for remediating PDFs.
Canva offers many templates that are visually interesting from a design perspective but do not meet WCAG 2.1AA criteria for color contrast. They do not vet their color palettes, fonts, and other design elements for web accessibility.
- Make sure the colors you choose pass WCAG 2.1AA success criteria 1.4.3 for color contrast.
- You can use tools like the Colour Contrast Analyser to determine compliance.
- We have created a short demo video to demonstrate how you can use the Colour Contrast Analyzer to check for color contrast compliance and to adjust colors in Canva templates.
- Fonts should follow general best practices guidelines for accessibility, such as those provided by the United States digital accessibility webpages for typography.
Several Canva templates build in components that allow creators to provide information for participants to request accommodations.
- For more information about this feature and other Canva accessibility options, this article by Canva accessibility lead Job Buenazedacruz is insightful.
- Canva webinar about accessibility options and improvements [links to YouTube with autoplay].