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People often copy font size, italics, bold, and the like from a word document (or upload a word document into D2L). This may be comfortable and make content aethestically appealing, but it does nothing for users who have visual impairments and rely upon screen-reading technologies to access content. Not to mention, it can be diffult to make the format look the way you intend.

Using the HTML toolbar to format your text will save you time, make sure your content is accessible to all of your students, and do all of the spacing, bolding, sizing and other such work for you.

You can use the HTML editor to format your text by adding:


Headings

Headers do double-duty. They add formatting and they provide an index for screen-readers. With headers, a visually-impaired person does not have to start at the top and read through all of the text everytime he or she wants to access something on the page.

Note: Headers hierarchically organize content. Think about the organization of a book: a Header 1 would be the book title; a header 2 would be a chapter title; a header 3 would be a section; a header 4 would be a sub-section, and so forth. 

Steps for creating a headerTo add headers to your text:

  1. Click anywhere on the line of text you wish to format
  2. Click on the dropdown-menu to open it
  3. Select the appropriate level of heading from the menu
  4. When you are finished, use the Publish (or Update) button to save your work

To remove a heading, follow the same steps but select the "paragraph" option from the menu.


Bold type, italics, and underlines

When it comes to adding bold, italics and underlines, the HTML editor works similarly to a word processing program:location of bold, italic, and underline options

  1. Highlight the text you wish to format
  2. Click the button(s) to bold, italicize, and/or underline your text
  3. When you are finished, use the Publish (or Update) button to save your work

Note: If you prefer, in lieu of step 2, you can use shortcut keys (e.g. Ctrl+B, Ctrl+I, Ctrl+U)


Strikethrough, subscript, and superscript

Steps for adding a strikethrough, subscript, or superscriptTo strikethrough text, or to add a sub- or super-script:

  1. Highlight the text you wish to format
  2. Click the down-arrow
  3. Select the option you want from the menu
  4. When you are finished, use the Publish (or Update) button to save your work

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