These guidelines for accessibility apply to written information
- Use clear plain language.
- Think of your intended audience and use terms they will understand. Explain the meaning of technical terms, unavoidable jargon, acronyms and abbreviations.
- Use correct punctuation.
- Use a clear plain font. Non-serif fonts like Arial are preferable.
- Avoid using a small size of text (see Specific Guidelines).
- Use left alignment for all text. Justified and centred alignment should be avoided.
- Break text up using bullet points and space between paragraphs.
- Avoid blocks of text in italics, underlining or uppercase.
- Provide alternative text for non-text elements such as graphs and charts that are essential to understanding the text.
- Provide alternative text for pictures that add to the meaning of the text or enter a “null value” to enable screen-reading software to ignore them.
- Ensure good contrast between text and background.
- Keep graphics and pictures separate from the text, i.e. do not put text over pictures.
- Avoid animated or flashing/blinking text.
- Provide a text transcript for embedded sound files.
- Make the text for Hyperlinks specific and meaningful, for example “SAIF’s website” rather than “Click here”.
- Provide Meta (extra) Information about your document.
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