by Janice Florent
The second tip in my series of accessibility related blog posts will focus on text formatting. Here are a few suggestions for making text legible for persons with a visual impairment and that work for nearly everyone.
Some additional points to consider:
- Color should not be the only method used to convey information
- Avoid red or green text or text decoration, such as Word Art, Shadows, 3D, etc.
- Use bold or italic to display emphasis
- Do not underline text (screen readers interpret underlines as links)
- Avoid writing whole sentences in capital letters
- Avoid moving or blinking text
- Keep the number of fonts used to a minimum
- The reading order should be the same as the visual order
You will remove significant barriers for the visually impaired if you take these suggestions into consideration when creating course content. An added bonus is that there will be students without disabilities, as well as those who have chosen not to disclose their disability to you, who will find your use of these tips helpful as well.
If you are interested in getting more information about text formatting refer to "Making Text Legible" at Light House International.
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