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Re: font for "large print" Word document


From: John E Brandt
Date: Dec 20, 2011 9:03AM


This may be of some help:
Large print is defined by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) as
"print for text passages that is larger than the print used by that segment
of the population with normal vision. APH takes the position that large
print for use by the low vision population is print that is eighteen points
in size or larger."
What is large print?

Large print is generally defined as print that is larger than print sizes
commonly used by the general population (which is considered to be 8 to 12
points in size). Some use a guideline for defining large print as 18 point
or larger. A document rendered in large print format usually has more white
space and may or may not look like the original document but contains the
same information. Large print may be printed on pages that are the same size
as a standard textbook page or on pages of a larger size.

There is more at this reference from the National Center for Accessible
Instructional Materials (NC-AIM) (located in Massachusetts!)

Happy Holidays!


John E. Brandt
Augusta, Maine, USA

-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Bourne, Sarah
Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 10:18 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: [WebAIM] font for "large print" Word document

I have been asked about the best font and font size to use for making a
"large print" version of a document created in Word 2010 on Windows 7,
intended to be distributed in paper. Are there guidelines on this? I found
the lovely WebAIM article on fonts (http://webaim.org/techniques/fonts/) but
it only deals with web pages.


Sarah E. Bourne
Director of Assistive Technology &
Mass.Gov Chief Technology Strategist
Information Technology Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108