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Font and background colour

Challenge for Accessibility:

Without a high contrast between font and background colour your document may become difficult to read. The meaning and information contained in the document may be lost as the user finds it hard to decode the information.


How to ensure accessible fonts and background colour:

  • Ensure a good contrast between the font and background colour. For example, orange text on a white background is not likely to be as readable as dark blue text on a white background.
  • Try to avoid black text on a pure white background. Some users find this too severe and letters become difficult to distinguish.
  • Use cream paper rather than white to increase the readability of a printed document as the glare is reduced.
  • Avoid using colour alone to highlight issues or provide definition. It places colour-blind users at a disadvantage.
  • Ensure there is a substantial contrast between the font and background colour.
    • White text on a black background will appear thinner than the same weight of font in black on a lighter background.
    • White text on a dark blue background is particularly legible for some people

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Last updated 27 March 2018 by Trinity Inclusive Curriculum (Email).