Accessible Web Typography

Accessible Web Typography

Accessible Web Typography – an introduction for web designers, by web accessibility expert Jim Byrne. This book is essential reading for all web designers; the standard introductory text on web typography. It is divided into 3 sections: Making good font choices, Text size and Usability.


This eBook provides simple strategies to ensure that visitors to the web pages you create, will not be taking up your valuable time by complaining to you about any of the above problems. In sections two and three, we will explore the issues related to ‘text size’ and usability. In this first section, the emphasis will be on understanding how to choose fonts that are accessible, usable and appopriate to the aims of your site.

Table of Contents

  • Why would you want to control the text on a Web page?
  • Issues that can make it difficult for you to control how your text looks to the user
  • The difference between screen fonts and printer fonts
  • Readable on-screen fonts
  • Web fonts in practice
  • Why not use images instead?
  • Is it a good idea to use embedded fonts?
  • What is the best font to use for accessibility?
  • How do we get out of the way of the user?
  • Are you sure the unit of measurement used is that important?
  • Why can’t I use points to set text size?
  • Controlling text size with relative units
  • Using Cascading Style Sheets
  • Em units in practice
  • Alternative relative units – relative keywords
  • Should you use X-height?
  • Using absolute size keywords
  • Why not use pixels?
  • What relative unit is best?
  • Problems with the use of CSS relative units
  • What about using BIG and SMALL tags?
  • Setting the size of text with the Font tag
  • Say goodbye to pixel perfect layouts, and embrace flexible design principles
  • Usability issues
  • Useful links and resources

Book Details

Author(s): Jim Byrne
Publisher: ScotConnect
Format(s): HTML
Link: Read online.

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