Make the font and layout of your text as readable as possible.
What can I do?
- Use sans serif fonts, such as Arial and Comic Sans, as letters can appear less crowded. Alternatives include Verdana, Tahoma, Century Gothic, Trebuchet, Calibri and Open Sans.
- Font size should be 12-14 point or equivalent (e.g. 1-1.2em / 16-19 px).
- Larger inter-letter / character spacing (sometimes called tracking) improves readability. Aim for around 35% of the average letter width.
- Larger line spacing improves readability 1.5 / 150% is preferable.
- Avoid underlining and italics as this can make the text appear to run together and cause crowding.
- Use bold for emphasis.
- Avoid fully justified text which lines up with both left and right margins, as this causes poor spacing between words and characters.
- Avoid centrally aligned text.
- Always left justify text.
- Avoid multiple columns.
- All these recommendations make your text clearer and easier to read for all of your learners.
- People with cognitive impairments will particularly benefit from a clear font and layout.
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