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Live: Accessible Typography, Fonts, Text, and More

taught by: Jared Smith

Session Summary

We typically spend the vast majority of our time online reading text, yet the accessibility of that text is often overlooked. This session will present many considerations for determining the visual accessibility of online text.


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Text content is the foundation of the web. We spend most of our online time reading. The accessibility of text may have a more significant cumulative impact on users than any other single aspect of accessibility, yet the visual and cognitive accessibility of text is often overlooked, and there is very little in guidelines to help.

This session will present an overview of the cognitive processes for reading (including an overview of dyslexia), how text presentation (such as letter, word, and line spacing), typography, and font choices impact that process (for good or bad), and how to ensure that typographical choices are providing a highly accessibility reading experience for users.

Practical Skills

  • Participants will gain an understanding of how the human mind generates meaning from text content.
  • Participants will learn how text presentation can negatively impact readers.
  • Participants will identify strategies for assessing text presentation, typography, and fonts for optimal accessibility.