Accessible Fonts for Section 508 Compliance

Today’s topic is how to set accessible fonts in Microsoft Word documents, to ensure section 508 compliance. Using the right font is a big step in making your Word documents accessible to all.

Video Guide

What Are Accessible Fonts?

Accessible fonts don’t slow user reading speed. This is especially important for those with low vision or reading disability, or people who are blind. The right font improves the legibility and readability of the document.

The sans-serif font family is fully accessible. Examples include Arial, Calibri, Century Gothic, Helvetica, Tahoma, and Verdana. Using one of these fonts helps your documents meet section 508 standards.

How to Change Fonts for Accessibility in Word

To change fonts, follow these steps:

  1. Open your Word document.
  2. Press Ctrl + A. This selects all text.
  3. Go to the Home ribbon.
  4. Look for the Fonts area.
  5. Choose an accessible font, like Calibri.
  6. Now your document has accessible fonts.
How to set an accessible font in a Word document

PRO-TIP: The Ctrl + A feature is powerful. It lets you change fonts for the whole document quickly.

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