[Athen] Accessible font

Kate Deibel kndeibel at syr.edu
Fri Sep 18 12:29:31 PDT 2020

100% agree with Steve. And it gets more complicated by what do you mean regarding a presentation? Are we talking about looking at the file itself? Presented online? Presented live in a large venue like a conference hall? A smaller venue like a classroom? What's the lighting scenario?

All of these are factors to consider. Generally, I go by the following rules and advice:

* Avoid thin fonts. Just always say no to those.

* For every study, article, claim, etc. that you'll find arguing sans-serif or serif is better, you'll find another that says the opposite.

* No to fancy, styled fonts. No script-style, Papyrus, graffiti, etc.

* Keep the number of fonts to a minimum.

* Regarding size, never drop below the 20pt unless you sharing the slides later. Then, you can put items such as sources, links, etc. in smaller fonts.

* There is such a thing as too big of fonts too, but this happens more with larger projections. Think of it as being akin to being in the front row of a movie theater.

* No to blinking text.

* Try to follow contrast recommendations but don't necessarily push for the maximum.

* If presenting live, ask about the expected lighting levels. If in a brighter room, go for light background, darker text. If in a darked room, use a darker background with lighter text. The whole idea is that you're trying to reflect what the surroundings are. Less adjustment.

As for actual font choices, I tend to go with the Franklin Gothic as my default. Good thickness, distinct letters. None of the problems of numbers and letters not being in aligned. Others I recommend:

* Comic Sans (I'm 100% serious! It's quite readable)
* Verdana
* Rockwell
* Tahoma
* Lucida

I've become more iffy on supporting direct Times New Roman and Helvetica clones for presentations. More of a gut thing, so not a no-no.

Katherine (Kate) Deibel | PhD
Inclusion & Accessibility Librarian
Syracuse University Libraries
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Syracuse University

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Thank you. This is most helpful.


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Here are a few resources and guidelines you may find helpful:

Of course, the question of font characteristics which impact accessibility is complicated by the fact that different disability populations have different needs. The same font that works well for a given low-vision user may not be a good match for someone with dyslexia, or even another low-vision user with different needs for that matter. That is why many web sites and eBook readers allow the user to change a number of font characteristics.

--Steve Noble
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Hi all and Happy Friday, September 18, 2020!

Does anyone have any research, articles you would mind sharing about what font(s) is the most accessible to use with Power Point presentations?



Bryon Kluesner RhD, ATACP

Adaptive Technology Coordinator

Disability Resource Center

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

615 McCallie Ave., Dept. 2953

Chattanooga, TN 37403


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