Making text accessible
Some general pointers
- Where feasible, opt for larger, sans serif fonts
- Be aware of contrast between the text and the background.
- Be wary of cramming a lot of text into a small space (use bulleted lists to identify key points).
Note: there are many sources of advice – in books, and on the internet – relating to accessibility for those with difficulties associated with SpLDs (e.g. dyslexia), visual impairments (including colour vision issues) and information processing problems.
Hopefully, the points covered above will encourage you to consider the issues. Keep in mind, however, that many recommendations are broad generalisations. Where feasible – and especially, if you are generating digital resources – the ideal option is to allow the reader/learner to configure his/her own resources. In other words, give the learner access to the file, rather than just the hard copy.
- For a demonstration of the use fonts, contrasts and cramming text into a small space, consult the Word document.