Accessibility Series: Guidelines for making text accessible


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This post looks at guidelines for making text more accessible to students.

These are some general guidelines that can be used for any resource which contains text. Following them can make text more readable for all students.

  • —Use a plain easy to read font (sans serif), examples include Arial and Verdana.
  • —Ensure text is a readable size. For common fonts such as Arial or Verdana we would advise a minimum 12/14 for material to be printed and size 24 for presentations.
  • —Avoid using green, red/pink as these can be difficult to read for colour blind individuals.
  • —Do not use colour to convey meaning, (e.g. changing a word to red to emphasise it) this will be inaccessible to colour blind individuals. Make it bold instead or as well as having it in colour.
  • —Ensure there is a contrast between the colour of the text and the background.
  • —Avoid underlines and italics.
  • —Use left justified text.
  • —Use 1.5 line spacing so text is not cramped together.

For more guidelines take a look at the British Dyslexia Association Dyslexia Style Guide.

The next post will look at guidelines on how to make images accessible.

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