Accessibility Advice Series: Using Appropriate Font Sizes

14 February 2023

Tech & Innovation

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With the digital landscape becoming more imperative to the function of modern society, we want to be more inclusive and take into consideration of users who are blind, deafblind or have low vision, so they may have an opportunity to keep in step with daily life today.

Take for example, font size. The smaller the font size, the harder it is to read. To make reading comfortable for screen-readers, assistive technology readers, or people with low vision, 12pt font size as a good starting point for body text, as recommended by WCAG (Web Accessibility Content Guidelines). The text should also be able to be scaled up to 200%.

Here’s how to use appropriate font sizing in Microsoft Word:

  1. Open Word App.
  2. Click on the Home tab.
  3. Locate the numbered box next to the font box.
  4. Increase size to 12pt (or higher!)

If you’d like any more information about how to make things more digitally accessible, check out our website – it’s full of advice that you can use to be more inclusive to people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision. Alternatively, give us a call on 0800 24 33 33 to speak to someone about any other accessibility help you require.


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