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Insufficient Contrast for Text Causes Accessibility Issues in the Learn 2016 Theme

Date Published: Nov 23,2020

CategoryPlanned First Fix Release:SaaS - v3900.2.0,Learn 9.1, 3900.2.0 Release; Product:Course Tools,Browsers; Version:Learn 9.1, 3900.0.0,Learn 9.1 Q4 2019 (3800.0.0),Learn 9.1 Q4 2018 (3500.0.0),Learn 9.1 Q2 2019 (3700.0.0),SaaS
Article No.: 000060013
Blackboard Learn
Service Pack(s):
Learn 9.1, 3900.0.0, Learn 9.1 Q4 2019 (3800.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2018 (3500.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2019 (3700.0.0), SaaS
In the Learn 2016 theme, text color for hover text is presented as #C372D2 on top of #333333 which does not meet color contrast guidelines for normal text. This makes the theme non-compliant with WCAG. The use of #C372D2 for text should be replaced with #E3B7EB instead which is correctly used for keyboard selection workflows.
Steps to Repeat:
Use Firefox to replicate this issue.
  1. Log into Blackboard Learn as System Administrator
  2. Navigate to System Admin > Courses
  3. Search for a course that is using the BB Learn 2016 theme
  4. Enter the course
  5. Open the browser dev tools (ctrl+alt+i)
  6. Go to the Accessibility tab
  7. Select Dev Tools > Accessibility Inspector
  8. Hover over course menu > Content > Select Content

Expected Behavior:
The checks show that the contrast complies with the WCAG standards.

Observed Behavior:
The checks show Color (3.98) and Contrast (4.03).  This does not meet WCAG standards for accessible text.

Target Release:

Learn 9.1, 3900.2.0 Release

SaaS - Fixed (v3900.2.0)

Patch Available:


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