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Reduce font size on all paragraphs and success criterion 1.4.4 Resize text.


From: Joan Preston
Date: Aug 5, 2019 5:22PM

Hi all,

I'm trying to figure out if a reduced font size on a page is considered an accessibility issue when the font can be enlarged by the user. The design team wants style all the paragraphs on a page using smaller font or byline font of 0.8em compared to the our regular font size of 1.05em (see links below.) I suggested they add letter-spacing of .03em to make the byline font more readable, but they don't want to do that. They feel the small font size is a way to save space and users can just enlarge the font if they need too. I know WCAG criterion 1.4.4 Resize text, https://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG21/Understanding/resize-text.html, pertains to being able to resizing the text up to 200%, however, when many users have to resize the text or the design is relying on resizing, then criterion is not met.

Byline text: http://www.csulb.edu/brand-central/brand-central/nomenclature

Our standard font text: http://www.csulb.edu/brand-central


Joan Preston
Web Accessibility Coordinator
ITS - California State University, Long Beach
562.985.1490 | Accessible Technology<http://www.csulb.edu/accessible-technology>;
Usability and Accessibility = Inclusive Design