Creating Large Print
Large print is an alternative format that is very easy to produce.
Enlarging the document in a copy machine may be sufficient. Work with the person
making the request to produce a satisfactory enlargement. If, for whatever
reason, enlarging by copier does not work, then the document will need to be put
into a computer word processor (either by scanning or retyping) and then use the
standards below as a guide.
Use at least size 18-point non-bolded type face. Make headlines and
sub headings slightly larger.
Use letters that have a uniform thickness and a ‘sans serif’ font
(examples include Arial or Verdana).
Use upper and lowercase letters.
Use a 1.25 line space between lines (larger, if necessary to make it
easy to read).
Use 1-inch margins.
Use left justification, not full.
Begin all text at the left margin, do not indent. Double space
Avoid hyphens at the right margin.
Use images maintaining the same contrast, clarity, and color as those
prepared for sighted viewers. When color is not possible, high-quality,
black-line drawings are preferred over gray scale.
Do not use complex illustrations or graphics. Simple and clear
backgrounds to illustrations and graphics are easy to distinguish.
Decorative graphics may need to be removed.
Use standard size paper (8.5 x 11").
Use black ink on white, light yellow or buff paper that has a matte
or dull finish to reduce glare.
If printing on both sides, make sure the paper is heavy enough that print
does not bleed through.