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Choosing an Accessible Font

May Accessibility Tip

A student walks by spring flowers, and from Talley, with a bag of food on a spring day on main campus. Photo by Marc Hall
Photo by Marc Hall

Choosing a highly readable, accessible font benefits everyone, and especially those with dyslexia or low vision. You may know that fancy, very stylized, and script-like text is less readable, but what else? 

Readability and accessibility depends on many things, including:

  • How distinct the different letters are (watch out for letter pairs that are mirror images, like d/b and q/p).
  • How simple they are to process, either alone or when they are grouped into a word.
  • How much spacing there is between the letters and lines of text. 
  • The size of the text.

WebAIM lists the most accessible typefaces as Tahoma, Calibri, Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, and Times New Roman. Good practice is to choose widely accessible typefaces over less common ones.