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The HTML Editor is a text box that allows users to edit text and insert elements like images, videos, and tables. The HTML editor in D2L appears throughout D2L in a number of tools:
In addition to the items above, the HTML Editor appears when adding instructions to Submission folders, Quizzes, and Discussion topics and forums.
The HTML editor can be used in the following ways:
When using the HTML Editor, it is important to check for accessibility to ensure that content is accessible for all students. See the section on
Using the Accessibility Checker for more information.
There area two types of Quicklinks in the HTML editor: external links to websites outside of the D2L course and relative links to other parts of the D2L course site.
Use the Insert Image function to add images to a text box.
Note: While images can be added in other ways, this is the recommended method as it prompts for an alt tag for users with screen readers. To ensure that images comply with accessibility standards, be sure to enter a descriptive alt tag for any images that are not solely decorative.
Note: If choosing a .m4a audio file, the audio with autoplay when the question is opened. To avoid possible issues with multiple audio files playing at once, the file can be converted to .mp3.
Note: If the Paragraph dropdown menu is not immediately visible in the ribbon of options, select the
… icon to display all of its buttons.
In some courses, it may be necessary to insert a code snippet directly into the course Content. Using the HTML Editor, users can insert code in a variety of markup languages and format it before sharing it with others.
Note: The Insert Code option is not available in the Quizzes tool.
These instructions are for embedding a video hosted on an external website, such as YouTube or Ooyala. This procedure can also be used to embed other content in D2L, such as Twitter feeds and calendars, as long as the site provides a secure embed code. To embed a local video file, refer to the Panopto guide.
Note: An embed code is HTML code that can be added to the course site to display content stored in an external website. The embed code will be located in different places depending on which website is hosting the content.
The HTML Editor in D2L has an Accessibility Checker tool that can help determine if the content entered is accessible. The Accessibility Checker looks for potential issues with font size, colors, lists, and other formatting choices.