Monday, March 26, 2012

Web Accessibility Tip: Text Readability

Keep the following guidelines in mind for displaying text:
  • Avoid very small text. This not only impacts some users with low vision, but many users with cognitive disabilities as well.
  • While serif fonts (e.g., Times) are more readable when printed, both serif and sans-serif fonts are appropriate when displaying body text onscreen, as long as the font is clean and readable.
  • Underlined text should be avoided, except to designate links.
  • Minimize the number of different fonts used on a page. Two to three fonts is optimal.
  • ALL CAPS should be used minimally. It is more difficult to read and is often interpreted as "shouting". Additionally, screen readers may read all-caps text letter by letter (like an acronym) rather than as full words.

1 comment:

  1. Legibility studies from the Poynter Institute back this up. Writing short paragraphs (two to three short sentences) really aids scanning for everyone.