By making digital slides accessible, you can help ensure that everyone, regardless of their abilities, can access and understand the information presented. Accessible digital slides also help to promote inclusivity and diversity in the workplace, in education, and in society as a whole. Digital slides that are not accessible can create barriers to accessing and understanding the content for people with disabilities, such as visual or hearing impairments, cognitive disabilities, or mobility impairments.
- Use simple, clear language
- Use simple, clear language that is easy to understand.
- Avoid using jargon, technical terms or abbreviations unless they are defined or explained.
- Slide titles
- Use descriptive titles for each slide to help users understand the content of the slide.
- The title of each slide should be unique.
- Use high contrast colours
Use enough contrast colours between the background and the text to ensure that is easy to read.
- Use sans-serif fonts
Use sans-serif fonts such as Arial, Verdana or Calibri. They are easier to read on screen than serif fonts such as Times New Roman. Even better if you use dyslexia-friendly fonts like Trebuchet and others you can download them online.
- Use appropriate text sizes
- Use font sizes that are large enough to be easily read.
- A minimum font size of 18pt is recommended for body text, while headings should be larger.
- Provide text alternatives to non-text elements
Provide text alternatives (alt text) for images that describe the content of the image. This is important for users who are visually impaired and use screen readers.
- Use logical reading order
Make sure the content is arranged in a logical reading order. Use slide layout templates that are designed for accessibility.
- Avoid animations and transitions
Avoid using animations and transitions that could be distracting or confusing for some users.
- Use accessible presentation software
Use presentation software that is accessible, such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides.
- Test for accessibility
Test your digital slides for accessibility using screen reader software or other accessibility tools to make sure they can be accessed and understood by users with different abilities.