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Re: Web 508 Accessible Fonts


From: Jared Smith
Date: Feb 10, 2009 8:45AM

There is no requirement in Section 508 or WCAG 2 or any other
accessibility guideline I'm aware of regarding font faces. Most every
study I've seen indicates that typography results in negligible
differences as far as reading speed or comprehension, but they do make
a difference in terms of enjoyment and mood. As long as the font face
is appropriate for the content, of a sufficient size and contrast,
easily legible, and not Comic Sans, you're good to go.

Arial and Verdana are both good fonts, though Helvetica might now be a
better alternative. Our site's current CSS lists "Lucida Grande",
Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif.