Large Print

Understanding Large Print Accessible Documents

Large Print refers to documents that meet the font size requirements that are clearly designed for easy reading and formatted in an accessible way.

Individuals who need large print documents are unique in that they are not completely blind but they are not fully sighted either. People of all ages are affected by low vision; however, there are a significant higher number of elderly afflicted. Converting documents into large-print documents specifically address the needs of low vision readers and ensures that an organization is being complaint with accessible format guidelines.

Large Print is not just an enlarged copy as some would believe.

“The enlargement feature on a copy machine does NOT produce large print documents and copy machines create fuzzy text, which is often on oversized pages, making the document unreadable.” (www.acb.org/largeprintguidelines)

Best Practice Guidelines for Large Print Format

  • In general, at least an 18 point, and preferably a 20 point
  • Line spacing should be at least 1.5. This provides the best reading ability and will help reduce eye strain.
  • Left-sided alignment
  • Titles and headings should be larger than the rest of the text
  • Bullets should be solid and dark; double spaced
  • “Orphans” should be continued on the next page whenever possible to avoid confusion in reading order.
  • Emphasis can be best read by using underlining, using asterisks or dashes. Color and italics is not recommended
  • Use white space, a plain background, and dark font, preferably sans serif (black); avoid colors and designer fonts