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Accessibility Dashboard

Ryerson University is committed to ensuring that our website,, is accessible to all our users. To ensure your images are tagged with alternative text, please use the accessibility dashboard.

The purpose of the accessibility dashboard:

  • Acts as an error checker for missing alternative text (alt text or alt tag).
  • Flags images with no alt text in a single interface.
  • Displays all images in a folder missing alt text.
  • Provides list of images marked as decorative.
  • Provides single interface to add alternate (ALT) text, mark images as decorative or unmark as decorative.

 Non-standard usage of images will result in no alternative text on web pages

If you apply alternative text to images via the dashboard and those images are subsequently used in non-standard text component fields, the alternative text will NOT WORK on those pages. Alternative text will only be present for images that are displayed in image components or image fields/tabs.


  • If you drag and drop an image into a text component, the alternative text for that image, on that page, will not display.
  • If you drag and drop an image into a text field in a news, event or biography template, the alternative text will NOT display.

 Important

  • This tool does not replace the DAM, where you manage your digital assets and their metadata. 
  • Images with alt text in the title field of the asset will not appear in the dashboard.
  • Assets can not be deleted from the dashboard. Users must navigate to DAM to delete assets.  

Video tutorial

Watch the video to learn how to use the Accessibility Dashboard

How to use

The dashboard is integrated into CQ/AEM and can be accessed via the dashboard icon in the toolbar, or directly via:

The main interface of the dashboard includes two options:

Missing Alternate Text - view all non-decorative images and/or images without alternate text

Decorative  - view all images marked as decorative; decorative images are images that have no direct relevance to the content. They are generally used for aesthetic purposes.

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Get to the Dashboard via the toolbar

Accessibility Dashboard interface

To meet AODA compliance, add alternative text to all images under "Missing Alternative Text"

  • Click on the + sign to list all sites you have access to.
  • Navigate through the tree view
  • Images will be marked as followed:
    • Red, or critical, means that the asset was created after January 1, 2014, making it mandatory to either be marked as a decorative image or have alternate text inputted
    • Yellow, signifies that it is not mandatory to be marked as a decorative image or have alternate text inputted, but it is still recommended to improve accessibility
  • Other information available for an image include: thumbnail; name; full path of the image; last modified date; width and height  

Entering ALT text

  1. Select on an image in the right pane
  2. To the right, an image preview and metadata tab will be displayed.
  3. Add an alt tag in the Title field.
  4. Click Save, in the toolbar above your images. 
  5. Do this for all images requiring Alternative Text

Mark an image as decorative

  1. Click on an image you want to mark as decorative
  2. Click “Mark As Decorative” in the toolbar
    Alternatively - user can select an image and “Unmark As Decorative”
  3. Proceed to the next image.
  4. Proceed to "Saving your work"
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Add alternative text to Title field and then save

  • After marking images as decorative and/or adding alternate text
  • Click on the “Save” button in the toolbar to save all of your changes.
  • To continue to the WCM click on blue Continue button at the top-right corner of the dashboard.
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Saving your changes will activate any updated images