Usability

Is text concise on the page and easy to read?

When creating content, ensure that:

  • Fonts are easy to read (e.g., Arial or Times New Roman).
  • Text is sized for legibility (minimum 12-14 pt for body text).
  • Text is concise.
  • Text styling (boldface type, italics, color) are not the only means to convey meaning.
  • There is sufficient contrast between text and background color.
  • Tables are used to organize tabular data, and are not used for decorative purposes.
  • Link text clearly describes the destination.
  • Linked text is easy to find.
  • The communication of information does not rely on color perception.

Writing in Plain Language

Learn more about the Federal plain language guidelines.