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Accessible Documentation & Leaflets

Here are some tips on good practice:

  • Offer a good contrast between print and background (e.g. black/blue on white/yellow)
  • Avoid glossy or thin paper
  • Aoid light type weights and unusual typefaces
  • Keep information as concise as possible with short sentences and paragraphs
  • Avoid printing text in capitals
  • Provide even word spacing and justify text to the left
  • Provide ‘navigational’ aids for the reader (e.g. content lists, clear headings, titled illustrations in appropriate places.)
  • Ensure text documents have been generously spaced
  • Leave enough space between columns to make sure that text flows easily from column to column

When considering lay-out and design for posters and leaflets (as well as the points above):

  • Avoid over-elaborate layouts, especially, placing words on top of photographs or drawings
  • Highlight where the focus of the information can be found
  • Insure large and clear fonts are used such as Ariel
  • Insure the numbering and symbol protocols are kept simple and understand that some characters are difficult to tell apart for those with visual impairments, e.g., 3 and 8, 6 and 9, O and 0, S and 5, iv and vi?

Take care to avoid, where possible:

  • words split over lines
  • italics
  • underlining
  • the capitalisation of whole sentences
  • narrow line spacing, narrow margins and dense text
  • faint print