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Digital accessibility guide

Explore how to create, design and structure your content to ensure that is is accessible to your students.

Accessibility tips

Accessibility tips for making digital posters accessible:

  • Choose an authoring application that lets you check accessibility e.g., Microsoft Word.
  • Follow the general guidelines on descriptive links, tables, text alternatives, colour contrast and structure.  
  • Use easy-to-read Sans-serif fonts such as Arial and Gill Sans. You can consider Slab serif fonts e.g. Rockwell and Courier for headings.  
  • Choose an appropriate font size. For example, A0/A1 posters should use a body text size of 24+, headings should be 48+. A3 posters might use size 14+ for body text and 34+ for headings. 
  • Avoid fully justified text alignment which changes the character spacing and allows for line and paragraph spacing. 
  • Ensure your reading order is correct e.g. using the reading order pane in PowerPoint 
  • Check overall accessibility e.g. Microsoft office has a built-in checker that will highlight issues and help you fix them 
  • If converting to a PDF format, use “Save to PDF” rather than “Print to PDF” 
  • Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC and use the accessibility checker to apply any automatic fixes. We recommend you return to the authoring application to fix anything more complicated. 

You may also include an alternative format of your poster that is presented in linear form. You will find examples of an accessible poster created in PowerPoint and an alternative format in Word on the Learning at City blog

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